Photo Tips

Wide Angle Magic!

Me Ra Koh

Somehow I convinced my buddy, Carey of Barefoot Memories in San Diego, to sell me her wide angle lens before she even took it out of the box! πŸ™‚ She’s the BEST!!!

But it was on one stipulation. I promised to show her on the blog how I used it at the next wedding.

Let me just say Brian and I were in heaven!

Since the rain was being stubborn, we ducked into this local Seattle cafe on Capitol Hill. We did some fun shots of Monica and Ryan that I can’t wait to show you when the wedding is done being processed. They give me goosebumps! The light coming in through the front windows was perfect as the couple snuck a quick kiss. There isn’t any photoshop done either. This image was straight out of the camera. (and of course it helps that Monica and Ryan are a beautiful couple! :))

A wide angle helps you grab so much more in the shot. And the flexibility of having more width in your frame opens up all new possibilities for composition. Especially when you’re shooting groups. This was my favorite shot from the groomsmen! Without a wide angle, I wouldn’t have been able to get that close to the groomsmen on the right and still have the others ones in the shot.

Thank you Carey! Your (or now mine :)) wide angle did just the job!


  1. Steve DePino says:

    It’s amazing how a little thing like buying a new lens can really open our creativity… Great work as always!

  2. GIVE IT BACK!!!

    (hee hee) just kidding πŸ™‚
    These are great!!
    I love the perspective on that first one!!


  3. Me Ra says:

    Carey, you crack me up! What I do without you making me laugh this week! πŸ™‚

    And yes Steve, isn’t it cool how a lense can make things all new again!

  4. Monica McBride says:

    We can’t wait to see the rest of them!! Thanks again for such a fabulous day!

  5. tammy c says:

    What is the formula for the cafe shot? I have a hard time understand the formula for light coming from the window and dark inside. Also with the groom being dark and the bride being white, it often fools the camera. Where should I be pointing at to foucs?

  6. Pamela Harayda Smith says:

    These are two great photos, Me Ra. I love the feeling the first one evokes. One question. I’m currently shopping around for a wide-angle myself, and am wondering which one you shot these with. (I’m guessing it it probably a Canon lens, since I think Carey shoots with Canon bodies, right?) Many thanks! (BTW, debating between signing up for the San Diego workshop or waiting for the Burlinton, Vermont one…)