When Mark and Annie first came to see me, Mark asked me if I could get a shot of him and his buddies playing poker during his getting ready session. I said I will see what I can do.
On their wedding day in the morning, as I arrived at Mark’s place, I noticed he had already put his suit on and was completely ready. So instead of doing the usual getting dressed shots, I decided to dedicate that portion of the day to getting him the poker shot he had asked me to do. He was very happy to oblige, and proceeded to show me to his parent’s backyard and he went to get the poker kit. I looked around and all I could see were some lawn furnitures and a large umbrella. Nothing that screams poker and no mood at all. I asked him if there was another location in the house that would be more suitable for the shot and after a quick tour of the house we ended up in the basement. I spotted a round table and some chairs, and I proceeded to redecorate the basement by getting some couched out of the way and there it was, the setting I was looking for. We turned off the lights and my assistant and I started working on the lighting. We had the guys light up some cigars to get the room smoky, but we had to put an end to that when Mark’s mom complained of the smell.
Here’s the shot we ended up with:
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