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Wedding Photographer Secrets: The Make-up Compact Mirror Shot

“Hello my name is Michael and Im a reflection photography addict….”

its true any reflection be it puddle or sunglasses Im all on it… here is one of my favorite secret sauce shots that is one of the few that I try to shoot at every wedding… because it is sexy and mysterious how you can frame only parts of the make-up process or facial features and let the boke fade out everything else

Here are some of the shots I go for when shooting “The make-up compact mirror shot”
secret-sauce-michael-mcnett-photography-compactsone thats missing is to frame the whole face like the bottom right and to get the subject to look directly into the camera… and its really nice to grab a more photojornalistc  feeling shot to get them to look at someone of frame and give a hearty fake laugh.

Tips when shooting this shot.
1. Wait till the makeup is done to get full effect of lips and eyes
2. Clean your mirrors, between makeup and hairspray these surfaces are coated in like 5 inches of gunk (I use the back of my tie when no paper towels are handy but most Hair/MUA have towels)
3. use a wide angle lens for the view from the compact side but swap it out for a macro lens (I use a 100mm 2.8 macro from canon) to shoot the mirror itself… but if this isn’t available try out a telephoto lens and back up a couple paces.
4. face the subject towards the light and then have them rotate so your background has interesting light, texture or color patterns
5. Don’t think so linearly, they will move the mirror around for you so shoot low shoot high so you have multiple angles to choose from.. and remember you can play with distance the mirror is away from the subject and distance you are from the mirror all of which change the composition
6. don’t be afraid of smaller or funny shaped mirrors. a thin rectangle can be interesting

SO have fun becoming a mirror junky like me…:)

Image was shot at the Hotel Bethlehem in Bethlehem PA

Upside Down Wedding Cake / Lehigh Valley

Have you ever wanted a wedding cake that was a show stopper? Well look no further than Granny Schmidt’s Bake Shop in Whitehall, PA.

This bride and groom wanted something like no one else had, so the creation began. The team at Granny Schmidt’s started with a custom iron hook made to support the structure of this cake.  This couple chose the Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Mousse filling and finished with our famous Swiss Buttercream. The design was a texture design with a ribbon around each tier for added decoration. The flowers to compliment the creation were provided by Pondelek’s Florists and Gifts in Hellertown, PA. The happy couple also had a complete cupcake display on the wood pieces the groom cut and handcrafted himself. The couple chose the ever popular Smores, Vanilla Raspberry and Banana Foster Cupcakes from our Gourmet Cupcake line. The photos were taken by John Wirick Photography. The couple danced all night in the clouds with music provided by the terrific team at Rockin Ramaley. There was also Rockin Photobooth in the house!

The couple had their ceremony and reception at the beautiful Riverview Country Club in Easton, PA. It was the perfect venue for the look of this wedding cake.

Let us make your dream a reality! Call Granny Schmidt’s for your complimentary cake consultation. 610-984-5978

Upside down Wedding Cake

Upside down Wedding Cake

Upside down Wedding Cake


Penn State Cake / Lehigh Valley

Penn State Cooler CakeAre you Penn State Proud? We can create any special event cake at Granny Schmidt’s that you can dream of.

This cake is a sculpted Penn State Cooler complete with rock candy for the ice! Even the football is cake!  It can be made with your favorite beer! The cake can be made in various flavors and fillings. It is finished in Fondant. Everything on this cake is edible with the exception of the beer bottles! This cooler can be custom made for any team you would like.

We would require 2 to 3 weeks notice on any sculpted cake. Call to set-up your consultation so we can get started on your special event masterpiece! We are conveniently located on Grape St in Whitehall just minutes from the Lehigh Valley Mall. We look forward to working with you! 610-984-5978

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