Amii and Andy (Sunshine & Reign Photography) are Arizona-based destination wedding photographers, whose images and articles have been featured in a variety of blogs and print magazines. In addition, they’re authors at SLR Lounge, love being married to each other, have five kids, and when they aren’t shooting weddings, they spend their time working out in their garage, practicing archery, or planning their next epic road trip (most likely to a beach to teach their kids how to surf). Oh, and of course, they absolutely love being wedding photographers. Their goal is always the same and pretty simple: to bust their asses to document love in the most epic way possible.
To learn more about their creative process, they gave us a behind the scenes look into their wedding photography in various locations, from the Grand Canyon to Tuscon, AZ.
Florence, Arizona Windmill Winery Bride
For this shot, we used Tether Tools’ RapidMount PowrGrip Kit. The BTS shots show the use of two Nikon SB-910s, both gridded with MagMod MagGrids. One was mounted on a mirror, and the other was held by our assistant. Our goal was to capture our bride “spritzing” herself with her favorite lavender calming mist. And you can tell she was loving it!
Sedona, Arizona Wedding Reception
We generally shoot receptions with a Nikon SB-910 attached to a Westcott Rapid Box (26” Octa Softbox) and mounted to an Impact QuickStik. And we generally have another Nikon SB-910 mounted on a light stand as well. But, depending upon logistics, a crowded dance floor or the lack of an assistant, for example, sometimes we have to get creative. Thankfully, Tether Tools’ RapidMount PowrGrip Kit mounts easily to a DJ’s speakers.
Sedona, Arizona Engagement
We were stoked when, on a recent engagement adventure, our bride-to-be took the time to get her hair and makeup done at a local shop, so we arrived early enough to get some shots of her getting ready. Here we used Tether Tools‘ RapidMount Q20, due to our need to mount one of our Nikon SB-910s to a wall in a very small space (it’s gridded w/ a MagMod MagGrid). The final image is an in-camera double exposure that is also prismed with an A & M Film and Photo prism.
Tucson, Arizona Bride
We love capturing getting ready images of our brides, which often happens in very enclosed, small spaces. In this case? It was the bride’s parents’ home and the bathroom off the kitchen. These shots, in which we used a MagMod MagGrid on our Nikon SB-910, wouldn’t have happened without Tether Tools’ RapidMount SLX. The final images use an A & M Film and Photo prism plus an inexpensive set of LED string lights.
Phoenix, Arizona Bride
When hanging out with our brides while they get ready for their “best day ever,” we like to be ready for anything. In this case we had three of our Nikon SB-910s ready for action. One was held by our assistant, attached to a Westcott Rapid Box (26” Octa Softbox) and mounted to an Impact QuickSti. Another was mounted opposite our bride with Tether Tools’ RapidMount Q20 with a MagMod MagGrid. And a third was mounted in the bathroom, on the mirror, with Tether Tools’ RapidMount PowrGrip Kit.
Grand Canyon Engagement
After getting some epic “Grand Canyon cliff shots” with our engaged couple, we wanted to get in closer, and since they wanted plenty of shots with the American flag as the soon-to-be-groom is active military, we stood them just off the path (somewhere on the South Rim). We needed a kicker light so we mounted a Nikon SB-910 in a nearby tree. Thankfully, we had Tether Tools’ Rock Solid EasyGrip XL in our camera bag. The final two images show a bit of progression…because, again, we wanted to get in closer.