Married at the McNay

Steve and Cynthia were married on the grounds of the McNay Art museum in San Antonio. Appropriately enough one of the current exhibits was  by Robert Indiana (born Robert Clark, in New Castle, Indiana, 1928) who is often associated with the Pop art movement, along with other artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Indiana’s work is characterized by bold, simple, and brightly colored numbers, letters, symbols, and short words.

The ceremony took place by the fountains around 6:30 pm which made it very difficult to see much less shoot. They may have decided on the time before the time change as the light became very manageable an hour later. I added an extra remote flash on a light stand to the right of the wedding party and I probably should have also had one on the left. I started out with one but thought it might be too much clutter for the wedding guests. The couple surprised me with a request to shoot the entire wedding party on the front lawn. Fortunately there was a slope and I had also brought my light weight ladder to get even more elevation. I used three Canon 600EX-RTs to light the after photos and the group.

The reception area was clean and simple with plenty of space. I added to Elinchrom strobes either side of the dance floor and used Canon 600EX-Rts with shoot through umbrellas for details and the cake cutting.

I’ve have had an HD projector for some time but the venues weren’t best suited for it so most of the time I use 40″ LCD TVs to display the pictures as I shoot them. This facility was ideal with large open wall spaces on which to project. I set up the camera to send images wireless to my Ipad connected to the Epson home theater projector and it worked perfectly.  It made it so fun for the guests. The bride came up and gave me a hug saying how much here friends liked it and then 10 minutes later the groom did the same thing. Several of the bridesmaids and a couple of the groomsmen also came up to comment about it.  It was definitely worth the trouble. For added fun I raised the camera overhead on a monopod with a wide angle lens and triggered it with a Pocket Wizard MultiMax. The guests were laughing so hard as they saw pictures of themselves projected larger than life on the wall over the DJ.


I attached the Epson Projector to a Bogen support plate with a hexagon quick plate affixed to it. This allowed me to attach it to a Bogen tripod with ball head giving ultimate flexibility to aim and adjust the projector. I attached a sand bag to the bottom hook for added stability

Photos by Joel Spring

Canon 1Dx
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8
Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Canon 600EX-RT flash (5)
Canon WFT-E6a wireless transmitter
Really Right Stuff folding flash bracket attached to RRS “L” plate
Gitzo GM5541T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod
Bogen carbon fiber tripod
Bogen Ball Head
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e 3D 1080p 3LCD Projector
Pocket Wizard Multimax radio triggers
Elinchrom Skyport wireless
Elinchrom 600RT strobe heads
Manfrotto C-Stands
Portabrace sand bags – 25#
Apple Ipad 3 running Shuttersnitch


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