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    Dave & Lynn

    Proud to be Preferred Photographers for ~ Devil's Thumb Ranch, Della Terra Mountain Chateau, Granby Ranch, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs, Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge

stacy + sam – denver engagement photography

What an awesome day! Sam comes from a big, wonderful Italian family that we’ve known and had the pleasure of photographing for years – so we were beyond thrilled when Stacy and Sam asked us to photograph their wedding. We fell in love with Stacy the moment we met her and just adore the two of them together. We had so much fun walking around Clear Creek History Park and playing with their 3 adorable pups. We can’t wait for their  Raccoon Creek wedding in October!

Wedding photojournalism

The Art of Being a Fly on the Wall

In the world of wedding photography, there are terms to describe all of the many different styles of photography. One genre of styles is photojournalism, which umbrellas other descriptive terms such as “documentary” and “journalistic” as it translates to wedding photography.  Some photographers want to be involved every step of the way on a wedding day, orchestrating the events of the day to cater to the photographs needed.  Photojournalists tend to work in the opposite way. Instead, they prefer to stay removed from the action, let events unfold organically, and document them artistically.  They want to be the fly on the wall that goes unnoticed.

The Benefits.  While there is certainly a time and place for orchestrating photo opportunities (during the family group photos, or photos of just the bride & groom on the wedding day, for example), mostly what a photojournalist wants to do is hang back, be invisible, and photograph what happens naturally. It allows for genuine, unstaged moments and emotions, and lets the photographer truly express themselves through their art of storytelling…which is hopefully the reason they were hired in the first place.  This style can be the most difficult, because it requires them to be non-intrusive and have the ability to deftly step in, guide and orchestrate at those times it is required, all while allowing  your photojournalistic style to shine through.  It’s a tricky balance that is accomplished only by shooting many weddings, mastering your skill, defining your style, and developing a seamless, wedding day shooting flow.

Shooting organically not only allows for genuine, unstaged moments and emotions, but it also provides a more “storytelling” collection of images. It allows the photographer to develop the story of the wedding day expressed through their images – the main goal of any wedding photojournalist.  From the wedding couples’ perspective, it’s often recommended to give your photographer a shot list of must-have images for the collection.  While this is a great way to convey to the photographer what they’re looking for, many couples don’t take into account that for a documentary style photographer, too lengthy a shot list can stifle the freedom of creativity that he/she thrives on, allowing them to produce an overall better image collection as a result.  A balance between the shot list and the art form is a must.  An open dialogue between client and photographer about expectations on this topic will make everyone happy before, during and after the wedding.

Preparation. There is a lot of back-end preparation a photographer does before a wedding. There has to be knowledge of everything involved in the wedding day: venue locations, the key vendors involved, key images desired by the couple, complete gear preparation and backups. There also has to exist the kind of knowledge that only comes from experience. As photographers, we have to know when and where to be at all times in order to capture the best possible images for each and every part of the day, all while remaining unobtrusive, discreet, and “invisible” as possible. This delicate dance is constant throughout the day, as the events of the story we tell with our camera never stops. There is always something there to include in an image that adds to the experience of the day: a kid sitting on a chair yawning from boredom as guests mingle before the ceremony, and countless subtle interactions between friends and family, a deer wandering in a field behind the ceremony site. Our job is to be looking for these moments and capture them with an artful eye, always being in the right place at the right time.

Lens & Gear Choice. Knowing what lens to use and when is key for shooting weddings, and experienced photographers will know exactly what lens can make the best image for them at any moment. We can use a wide angle lens – 16-35mm f2.8L is our favorite – that shows the environment and surroundings of a ceremony venue, then use a zoom lens to get in tight and show the bride and groom’s reactions as they are announced as “Mr. & Mrs” and walk down the aisle.  Most photographers also have a mid-range zoom like the 24-70mm f2.8L as an all purpose lens that covers a variety of scenes throughout the day.

A wide angle lens is a must to capture the environment and give a sense of place to the image, while a zoom lens is an incredible tool that lets you capture only the key details you want in the scene.

The zoom lens can let you get in close and not only isolate the subject, but also isolate the feeling and emotion in the image.

Of all the lenses in our kit, the one that lends itself so well to photojournalism is the 70-200mm f2.8L. It’s zoom range allows for close proximity shots when you don’t have a lot of room to work with, and we can also use the full focal length to zoom in close to capture moments that happen farther away. Photojournalism often requires you to be as nonintrusive as possible, and that’s exactly what the 70-200mm lens allows. We strive for our wedding images to reflect genuine emotions, and we can capture that by being at a distance, yet photographing those interactions up close. Most people act quite differently or “put on” when they realize they’re being photographed, and the zoom lens allows you to stay relatively unnoticed.  Our favorite compliment is always something along these lines: “I love this image and I didn’t even realize you guys were there!”

There are increasingly more and more options being produced for photographers to lighten their gear load (you can read our gear list at the end of this article), including “all-in-one” focal length lenses (28-300mm, 18-250mm for example), and even high-end quality, compact cameras with multiple lenses built in, like the technology being produced at Light.

Light.  We can’t discuss photography without talking about light!  Photojournalism is all about capturing things as they are, so the journalistic style of photography will not be flooded with flash photography stills of the couple and their guests.  Instead, natural light is the most important tool of the photojournalist.  Any wedding photographer needs to be constantly aware of the lighting conditions – full sun, mix of sun & clouds, light overcast, heavy overcast, incandescent, flourescent or CFL bulbs, candlelight, backlight, sidelight, broad light…the list goes on and on and sometimes it’s a mix of two or many of these types of conditions.  Knowing how the light affects your exposures and lens choice is something that needs to be mastered.  There are many photographers that will just rely on their flash to negate any tough lighting conditions, and while that is an easy solution, it won’t produce a natural looking collection of images that a photojournalist wants to create.  Even when lighting conditions are too tough for natural light photography (moody, dimly lit reception venues are a perfect example), if the use of flash is needed, we always try to use techniques with directional lighting and off camera flash to produce as beautiful & natural looking images as possible.

Tips for shooting like a Fly on the Wall:

1. Prepare:  Know your surroundings, know the timeline, know all the key players involved so you can concentrate on documenting the day.

2. Lens Choice:  Have a variety of lenses to choose from, and know the situations where you’ll need to use each one. Train yourself to capture different angles and perspectives of the same scene.

3. Anticipate:  Learn to look for interactions between people and aniticpate where and when they will occur (ie – watch the bride/groom parents’ reactions during the vows), and be ready for key events of the day and put yourself in the optimal position to get the shots you want.  Be aware of your surroundings and environment and plan for how to incorporate those elements in your images.

Gear Bag.
Here’s a list of the key pieces of our kit, not including backup cameras, cables, filters, batteries and other accessories.
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8
Canon 85mm f/1.8
Canon 580 EXII flashes
Pocket Wizard radio transmitters
LED video lights

 

Happy shooting!!

David Townsend – David Lynn Photography

mckevitt family – lifestyle photography

This was such a special session for us! Not only because this family is so wonderful, though they are… But because they have let us into their lives to capture so many special moments over the years. We photographed Emily and Baird’s wedding, and have since been lucky enough to see them grow and change and become a bigger and bigger family! A couple of months ago we spent the day with them making cookies, playing soccer, having a little picnic in the yard, snuggling on the couch and just being the warm, loving, genuine family that they are! Thank you, McKevitt’s for letting us capture so many wonderful memories over the years.

 

Lucca

We were six months pregnant in Italy to photograph a wedding, and as we strolled the narrow, cobbled streets of Lucca soaking in the old-world charm,  we quickly realized it was a special place.

When we visited Lucca, an hour outside of Florence, Italy, we instantly fell in love with it.  It has a similar old-world charm of many medieval cities in Italy, but it’s unique red tiled roofs and surrounding wall set it apart from many other cities.  The wall used to serve as protection against invasion during etruscan rule, but now it’s a gorgeous pedestrian promenade that circumvents the city.  We hopped on cruiser bikes and toured around the wall, gaining beautiful vantages of this city that you aren’t able to get in others.  We loved our time there so much, that we decided to put “Lucca” at the top of our list for baby names.  When he was born three months later, we both looked at each other in the delivery room and without hesitation decided his name was Lucca.  He lives up to his name, as a “bringer of light” every single day.

You can join us in Italy this September to find a place near and dear to YOUR heart on our Italy Photo Workshop. Limited spots are available, so contact us today for booking details workshops@davidlynnphoto.com.

michael + amanda – denver botanic gardens wedding

Michael and Amanda both have a way of pulling you strongly into the present moment and celebrating the beauty of it.  What an honor it was to capture their wedding day; we truly didn’t want it to end!

Every single detail was beautiful ~ the Botanic Gardens provided a stunning backdrop for their ceremony, MAX’s Wine Dive was the perfect venue for an incredibly fun reception where everyone felt like family by the end of the night, and the vintage Rolls Royce was the cherry on top.

But what made this day so incredibly special was the two of them.

Michael and Amanda crafted every moment of their wedding with thoughtfulness and consciousness around their relationship, their families and the spiritual connection that they share.  During the ceremony, Michael’s two sons spoke from their hearts and gave Amanda a bracelet to welcome her with open arms into the family.  Amanda spoke to them with honesty and an outpouring of love, which was humbling to witness.

After their ceremony, everyone headed to MAX’s, where guests dined on gluten-free fried chicken (ahMAZing!), and they kicked off the night with choreographed dances.  Amanda was a dancer for years, and let us tell you, we have never experienced a first dance like theirs before!  It seriously took our breath away.  They even convinced us to stay for a specialty cocktail:)

We were so touched to be able to capture their day- filled with so many genuine moments of love, laughter and joy.  Wishing you a lifetime filled with many more of these moments, Michael and Amanda!