Kaley and Ross are a mega romantic couple, both school teachers, in Franklin, Tennessee. Franklin is a historic town in Tennessee known for it’s timeless beauty and gorgeous landmarks such as Saint Philip’s Catholic Church featured in this image. Bobby and Tanya of Frozen Exposure Photography + Cinematography love this image even more, because they had Kaley and Ross’ great friends, Nick and Shelly, whose wedding they had photographed just 7 weeks before Kaley and Ross’ wedding, helping with the writing! So it was like we were all old friends making this magic image together. Here is the amazing final result:
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Brides: The “Light Writing Sparkler Shot” is always a favorite and such a cool way to celebrate, photographically, your new last name, or if your new last name is hard to write in “sparkler,” then spelling out “Love” is gorgeous, too! This shot is even MORE fun when another couple helps with the writing! Especially if that couple is recently married or engaged! Frozen Exposure recommends getting this shot in the middle of the reception, when everyone else is comfortable and after the “cake shot” so that you can be outside and have at least 15 minutes for this shot to be set up, laid back and fun. It really turns out to be a special moment between the couple, and if you have some or all of the bridal party together helping, then it’s always super fun when everyone runs to the camera after the shot, sees how perfect it turned out, and jumps up and down screaming. This is always a moment of major camaraderie.
Photographers: Be sure that you are using the 36 inch sparklers in order to prevent the sparkler from running out on you mid-word. Be sure to try this shot at a very low key time when the bride and groom are happy and ready to get 15 minutes away from the reception. Practicing this shot before the wedding is a great idea.
There are a few ways to get this Light Writing Sparkler Shot. Frozen Exposure did it this way:
1. Canon 5D Mark III on a professional, sturdy tripod, set on the Bulb setting for 10 seconds.
2. Canon 24-70mm 2.8 L Series lens set to F5.6 and a focal length of 34.
3. Two Canon 430EXii Speedlite flashes, one to the left, one to the right, highlighting the couple. We also like highlighting the couple from behind to separate them from the background.
4. Hold the shutter release button down, or use a cable release/intervelometer, while your assistant or a member of the bridal party writes the word with the sparkler and moves away from the image.
5. Have two assistants/bridal party members release the flashes.
6. End the shot.
7. Hop up and down with the bridal party and get slaps on the back for how awesome you are.
8. Have more time? Get creative! Have the bridal party make a heart around the couple or run around in circles with the sparklers.
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