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Blackhawk Auto Museum Wedding

What a beautiful setting for a wedding, especially if you like vintage automobiles!  Amanda and Dennis chose this venue because they loved the elegance and backgrounds associated with these antique autos.  Photos taken at the museum can be very dramatic, but it makes lighting difficult.  There is no way you can shoot a wedding here with a single on-camera flash.  Toni and I used quite a bit of off-camera lighting to make these photos as beautiful as they are.  We wanted to provide enough light to make sure that the autos in the background showed up nicely, without blasting the couple with unflattering on-camera flash.  We used 3 radio slave controlled lights with umbrellas mounted when needed.  The lights were strategically placed throughout the ceremony to light the areas we needed, but not actually be seen in the photos.  Not an easy task, but necessary at this venue if you want to get professional level wedding photography.  

We handled the wedding reception the same way, placing lights around the dance floor and used them when needed. Fortunately, the autos also have their own lights shining on them from above which helped make them stand out in the backgrounds, but without taking over the photo.   We took the bride and groom on a tour of some of their favorite autos later on during the reception and got some truly classic shots!