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Old August 19th, 2008, 10:13 PM   #1
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Advice on shooting couples when there is substantial height difference

Hi everyone

After seeing that thread on larger people I was interested to see how people tackle shooting where there is quiet a difference in height between the couple. For the first time I have a wedding coming up with a couple with exactly this challenge.

Thanks in advance.
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Old August 19th, 2008, 10:29 PM   #2
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a couple of years ago I didone where the groom was 6'4" and the bride was an even 5' with heels.
Well during the ceremony there isn't much you can do. It is what it is.
AFTER though, it is a challengeso here's one thing well 2 actually that I did.
First, the photog and I had the groom stand down 1 or 2 stairs on the altar for the formal shots and for more casual stuff we had him sit on a chair or knee wall (outdoors at a park) or a bench etc. For a few shots we had them behind some bushes that came up to his waist and practically covered her up BUT my good friend the photg had a small step stool and we had her stand on that to even them up. They understood the height difference so it wasn't an issue to have them evened out. Of course we also did some 'normal stuff' but the 1stdance was a bit problematic but again it was what it was.
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Old August 19th, 2008, 10:35 PM   #3
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I am tempted to think Dutch angles as long as there is no lines v/h in the background but I use Dutch very sparsely so not a great solution.
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Old August 20th, 2008, 12:22 AM   #4
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I shoot with a monopod and go to lower or higher angles to help equalize subjects of different height. It works especially well to put the camera up to about 7 feet (~2m) and shoot towards the bride over the taller groom's shoulder. If you can imagine this angle, it is from behind the groomsmen and shoots toward the bride's parents. I think it is the perfect shot for a wedding day, besides down the aisle for the kiss, as it gets the best emotional reactions from the bride with her family and groom looking on.
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Old August 20th, 2008, 05:02 AM   #5
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I did a lot of dutch and also just keep well back. Couldnt figure what else to do.
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