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I appreciate the time you've taken to respond! I generally do not respond to critique as not to risk being seen as 'defensive'. You did ask some questions, so here goes:
1) I have a studio manager who handles all of my processing/delivery/client services. She edits the bulk stuff, but these were all edited by me and all blog posts are edited by me. In terms of direction, I am not given any direction by Tony (which is a good thing). It was something we talked about when I joined him. I operate as if I did when I had my own studio going. Tony did help develop a preset for me when I first moved to LR since I had been all photoshop up until that point.
2) Regarding 4, 7, 8, 9, 11. The focal lengths are as follows:
4 - 24-70L @ 41mm
7 - 35L
8 - 24-70L @ 24mm
9 - 24-70L @ 24mm
11 - 24-70L @ 35mm
This is where I spend most of the day! So I'm not exactly sure what you are seeing, but surely it isnt focal length. Same was said yesterday, but all shots were taken with the same lenses that I shot with for the past 6 years. This wedding I just posted was the first where I used my 24-70L v2. But even using it, I'm almost always under 50mm.
3) Is it the images I'm showing? I am not holding anything back, really. I'm shooting the same way (or trying to shoot the same way) as I have done long before I ever got into weddings.
4) Open light. Not really sure what to say about this one. I've been shooting some outdoor weddings in the afternoon lately and it is summer here! Not really sure what else to do with it except make it look as it looked! I went back to my second wedding ever. I second shot with Evan Baines. It was a summer wedding with a room with lots of natural light. We just shot it as it was. Here is a shot from the parents dance and it was probably around 7pm:
5) Is it how I'm shooting? I dont think so. My approach generally involves me being close to the subjects. You pointed out #11 as not being 'me'. Not sure why? Thats exactly the type of shot I've always tried to make. Content, composition, light, timing. That's my mantra. And that image has them all. I'm close...that was 35mm. I dont think there is a shot that is more 'me' than that one (in this set). I actually think the others that you mentioned fit the bill too (4, 7, 8, 9).
Thanks again Alan, hope that came off as more conversational than defensive.