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 in May this year at the luxury and glamorous location of Chester Grosvenor Hotel in the city centre. Despite Catherine and Matthew’s wedding having just 20 guest’s I was only able to spend about 5 minutes with the happy couple for the portrait session as the group photos ran for a long time; much longer than expected.

This image was one of my favourites from the few shots taken due to its simplicity in composition yet still has everything needed to make a nice, or dare I say ‘great’ image….no I daren’t. To start we have the lead-in line from the dado rail, we also have a repeating pattern. I love repeating patterns whether windows, bars, chairs whatever I can use. We also have a simple pose which if it wasn’t for my watermark you would see a great view of the dress. This now brings us to light. I took a light reading from the light above Catherine’s head as I wanted the light from the lamp exposed, this would then give me a fast shutter speed meaning the rest of the photo would be underexposed and very dark.  I needed additional light so I used my flash which was being held by Matt’s bestman to the left of the frame and held high. I zoomed the flash to 80mm and left the flash compensation to normal power this created a highlight down Catherine’s side but also lit the wall exposing the wallpaper.

I only managed to take one more shot of Catherine and Matthew after this before they had to leave but it goes to show that with just one light and a simple setting anything can be done in just a few minutes. If you wish to view the full wedding, you can do so by clicking here.

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

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