Wedding Photography ‘Behind The Image’ – Day One
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 was taken from Helen & Nick’s wedding at the Racquet Club in Liverpool (their full wedding features on our blog here). Helen & Nick’s wedding was the first wedding of the year on a cold but sunny day in February. I knew I had to make the most of the great venue and fantastic carpet and staircase inside the Racquet Club after I had had a little recce a few days prior to the big day.
To make the shot a little more dramatic I used a high angle and I wanted to cast a shadow onto the wall opposite Helen. I set up my ‘off camera flash’ system just out of shot and lowered the flash compensation by 2/3rds of a stop (may have been one stop!) so as not to bleach out all the details of the dress. To make sure I caught the colour and details of the surroundings I set my ISO quite high (6400) along with a wide aperture of f2.8 giving me a great shallow depth of field. Using the stairway to frame Helen gives the picture a unique look and feel along with a number of natural lead in lines.
I shot a number of images from various angles including some with Helen looking at the camera but I think this one is one of the strongest of the set it has no need for eye contact for the viewer.
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