When it came to capturing the nuptials of couple Nitin and Pallavi, at the Ronald Reagan Building and Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., Leah Huete of L. Hewitt Photography says the scope of the day was a bit daunting, but as shown here, she and her team knocked it out of the park.
“We were working with massive crowds in very large, dark venues, on top of covering multiple overlapping events in different places, and working for 16 hours straight,” says Huete, who was a Rangefinder 30 Rising Star in 2015. “On complex days like that, it can be difficult to stay creative, provide really good customer service and stay attentive to the small details and moments around us. There’s just so much that can go wrong or be missed. For example, the rose petal cannons went off accidentally in the reception atrium behind me as the room was about to open for guests. The vendor team scrambled to get them fixed, and swift action meant the bride and groom had no idea!”
Huete continues: “Fortunately, the Washington, D.C. area is home to some of the best photographers in the industry, and our team of three—myself, Kanayo Adibe and Asta Liutkute—really came together well. I can’t stress enough the importance of working with the right people, and that happens as a direct result of photo communities like the one in D.C. supporting each other’s growth in business and artistry. As my colleague Kristi Odom says, ‘Cities rise together,’ and it’s very true.”
GEAR OF THE DAY
CAMERAS: Nikon D4 and D750
LENSES: NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G, 35mm f/1.4G, 70-200mm f/2.8E
LIGHTING: SB-910 flashes
EXTRAS: Manfrotto tripods and monopod
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