Rio de Janeiro Wedding Photographer – Dante + Renata

it’s not everyday i get to travel all the way to campos do jordao brazil to photograph another wedding photographer’s wedding.

renata and dante are two amazing photographers who worked tirelessly for a year to put together their incredible day.

renata blogged about it with a LOT more images of mine here.

// by Sam Hurd rio de janeiro wedding photographer

landscape photo in brazil

campos do jordao

renata getting ready

lens chimping bride wedding ready

getting ready wedding in brazil

bride putting dress on

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campos do jordao

groom getting ready

groom laughing

groom getting ready reflection

groom ready before wedding ceremony

storm clouds

ceremony site

kid exploring the wedding site

rainy day wedding flowers

wedding details

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brazil wedding details


mother of the bride

flower girl and dog walking down aisle

ring bearer dog

groom smiling during ceremony

bride seeing groom for the first time

groom seeing bride for the first time

father of the bride

ring bearer crying

youngchild crying during ceremony



child crying during ceremony vows




bride and groom walking to outdoor ceremony


first kiss


bride with bridesmaids

groom with groomsmen

bride and groom on mountain side portrait

renata and dante laughing

wedding portraits in maze of brazil wedding

artistic wedding portraits

portrait of bride


creative portait of bride and groom

brenizer method of bride and groom


kid dancing crazy during wedding reception





groomsmen hugging groom

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lens chimping portrait of bride and groom

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double exposure portrait

rainy day wedding

lens chimping // photography techniques

update: getting a lot of people asking me where to order one. see here. also… i give workshops where i cover loads of techniques and go over all of them including this in much more depth.

so, for a while now i’ve shared photography techniques i’d worked on throughout my career. every wedding season i try to share something new with everyone and i love seeing what other photographers have done with prisming, freelensing, and brenizer methods (aka bokeh panoramas).

now it’s time for the my latest technique and i call it lens chimping.

by Sam Hurd

lens chimping

convex lens for lens chimping

i call it that because it’s accomplished by shooting through a hand held convex lens element in front of the lens on your camera. the resulting effect is a delicious blend of reflections and circularly shaped light orbs with a bit of a freelens/prism blended look. unlike a prism you won’t get any straight forward reflections.

lens chimping photography technique

this is kind of a natural continuation from prisming as the techniques are largely the same but give very different looks. i also prefer the simple convex lens because it fits much better in a pocket and doesn’t confuse airport security guards.

it’s a really easy way to add some interest to those usually static “getting ready” photos of people sitting in chairs. though, it’s probably best to use the technique in a situation where you have a lot of control… like portraits.

getting rady photo with lens chimping

there are two other added benefits vs using a prism.

1) if you set the lens flat again your camera lens it turns it into a macro lens. here is an example with the canon 50 1.2 at minimum focus distance without a convex lens.

lens chimping macro example

and here it is shooting through the convex lens

lens chimping macro example

2) it doesn’t get weirdly hard rainbow effects no matter how hard your distort the lens.

why use this technique? personally, i’m always looking for ways to differentiate my work and i love the unpredictable colors and textures it creates pulling from the actual environment you’re shooting in. it enables you to make images that are nearly impossible to recreate and adds a bit of mystery and excitement. it can be really useful in a boring situation where you just don’t have time to experiment, a situation i’m all too familiar with as a wedding photographer. here’s an example of a standard hotel hallway.

hotel wallway lens chimping

like with any distortion effect it’s easy to go overboard with it, but give it a shot. i’ll be using it a lot in 2014. you can pick one up here.

// by sam hurd

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richmond wedding photography // luke + julia

brenizer method of bride and groom

morning sunrise on lake


detail photo of virginia wedding venue

front door to cabin

cabin in the mountains

luke and julia swedding programs

outside reception

groomsmen preparing breakfast on wedding day

wedding day breakfast

groom writing wedding vows

guy preparing wedding reception

wedding venue details

awesome vintage can

wedding day photos

wedding details

groom getting ready in cabin

groom putting on jacket

groom tying shoes1

groom fixing tie

creative portrait of groom

wedding rings

bride getting ready room

bride getting makeup

earrings on piano

bride with makeup

virginia mountain wedding


bride checking in the mirror

bridal portrait indoor1

wedding ceremony venue1

wedding ceremony dettails

wedding ceremony details


brick building and father of groom getting ready

people waiting beof receremony

awesome donuts

groom walking to ceremony


guitar playing during ceremony

bride walking into the ceremony

flower girl

bride sees groom first time

groom sees bride for the first time

virginia wedding ceremony

outside of ceremony

bride and groom smiling

someone speaking

couple reading wedding vows

outside ceremony

wedding ceremony first kiss

luke and julia leaving their wedding ceremony

julia with her bridesmaids

luke with his groomsmen

creative group photo of the bridal party

luke kissing julias forehead

virginia outdoor wedding

julie walking with her bridal party

dramatic portrait of luke and julia

awesome clouds with bridal portrait

bride and groom indoors

bride and groom walking together

birds flying

bride and groom laughing

artistic wedding photography

bride walking

luke and julia portrait in the woods

bride and groom at sunset

classic wedding portrait

luke and julia portraits in the trees

creative sunset photo

reception venue





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it was a dream wedding to photograph and it was right in the heart of virginia.

venue // rassawek vineyard

dj // western front

makeup // liz wegrzyn

donuts // dixie donuts

// by Sam Hurd richmond wedding photography