I WAS COMMISSIONED BY
MY WEDDING CLIENTS,
Michelle and Katie, to
capture their big day at
City Hall in San Francisco, California. I
was in the Bay area a week prior to their
wedding, so we met at a local coffee shop
to discuss their wedding photography
timeline. The shot list was ambitious and
we only had a limited amount of time to
create some great art together.
After our meeting, I headed up to their
reception venue—Legion of Honor, a
fine-arts museum in San Francisco—and
did some location scouting. I wanted the
Golden Gate Bridge in the background,
but the location of the shoot had to be
super close to their venue. Fortunately,
Legion of Honor was only a short five-minute car ride away from the perfect
The only challenge during the shoot
was capturing a beautifully lit, storytelling
image before the sun finally set. First,
I chose my ambient exposure (1/125 of
a second at f/4, ISO 400); then, I let my
Profoto B1 do its thing—create the perfect
During fast-paced events like this
(and most weddings) I want to focus on
being creative, and not worry about the
technical side of my lighting. The B1
performed flawlessly and allowed me to
get my shot quickly and move on to my
The image was lit with a Profoto B1,
modified with a gridded Profoto OCF
Softbox 2’ Octa and triggered with a
Profoto Air-TTL N transmitter. The B1
was handheld by my lighting assistant
Haroon Ali, from high and camera left, and
approximately 4 feet from the subjects.
There are two approaches to my lighting
style: One, I direct the viewer’s eye to my
subject with high-contrast lighting or two,
I make the light soft and subtle, and gently
draw the viewer to my subject.
I want my images to stand the test of
time. My goal is to create clean images
with crisp lighting without relying on post-production.
To learn more about the Profoto B1 light, please visit profoto.
com.com, and follow @profotousa on Instagram. See more
from Joseph Victor Stefanchik at josephvictorstefanchik.com
TURNING CHALLENGES INTO
AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE
PROFOTO AIR-TTL N
WHEN STARTING OUT, PICK ONE MODIFIER,
master it then move onto another shaper or
BE PATIENT. Learning to light takes a great
deal of time but the results are worth it!
YOUR CLIENTS ARE NOT CRASH TEST
DUMMIES. Find a friend, and practice like
crazy. When you’re 100 percent confident with
a specific lighting style or look, then you can
light your paying clients.
DON’T OVER-COMPLICATE THINGS. Some
jobs call for one light and others call for 10.
This job called for one.
WITH A GRIDDED
SOFTBOX 2’ OCTA
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