Over the next 5 days we will be writing a blog for each of our 5 images that recently featured on an American blog dedicated to beautiful images of beautiful brides. We were fortunate enough to have 5 photos of 5 different brides. So we thought it might be a great idea to write a little bit about each image so you can get an idea of how your photographer thinks, works, reacts and uses their surroundings, composition, light etc to create an image that hopefully you will love and treasure for ever.

Today’s image is the final of our 5 part series. Photographed at the Brookfield golf club in Crewe mid June on a very rainy day. Emma was worried the week leading up to her wedding as the weather was forecast for rain, rain and more rain. So I knew we would be photographing a lot in doors so I had planed on shooting some close up photos. As you will have seen in my previous 4 images from this 5 part series that I like wide shots utilizing and incorporating the surrounding areas. So close ups is something I want to do a little more often especially when I have such a stunning subject.

I placed Emma next to a large window in the club house so she would have a nice natural light across her  beautiful face. To avoid clutter and distractions I had the curtain pulled behind Emma’s head creating a simple backdrop. I used most photographers trusty portrait lens my 70-200mm IS 2.8, and took a light reading from Emma’s face to correctly expose for Emma’s left side (closest to the window) and used the white of the curtain to bounce the light onto the other side.

I took a few frames of Emma, some with her looking at the camera and a few without the flower’s.  All were strong images and I’m very pleased with them (you can see them on their full blog post here) but this was my favourite and I am so happy it was chosen for the blog in America.

As much as I love my pocket wizards and off camera flash, as you will have noticed in the previous 4 posts, you just can’t beat using natural light and natural reflectors. I try to use flash only when necessary or for creative purposes for the evening portrait shoot.

Vickerstaff Photography  Cheshire and the North West wedding photographer. All copyrights reserved 2011. 

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