Wedding Photography ‘Behind the image’ – Day two
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.
Our image today was taken at the fantastic Cheshire venue ‘Rowton Hall’ on a beautiful spring day. I wanted to take the photo on our first portrait shoot but unfortunately a huge transit van was parked in front of the gate and no one could find the driver. We tried again just after the group shots but this time a trailer was down the lane and no one could find the keys (I started to think I was never going to get the shot). Rowton Hall has a huge selection of places for photos and we had plenty to get on with but I knew I wanted this photo and we weren’t going to finish the day without it!
It turned out that the first two failed attempts were a blessing, the final time we went was just after the speeches, and to Taln’s credit for being patient enough to amuse her obsessive wedding photographer, the light was just perfect; warm and glowing the sun could not have been at a better height and was behind and to her right giving Taln a wonderful kick & back light.
I used the pocket wizards again for some fill light and pulled the flash down by two stops to add just a little light to the shadows on Taln’s face (on the left side facing the camera). The outside of the frame needed to be dark so I took a reading from Taln’s face making sure to expose correctly for her skin but knowing the dark of the bushes etc in the shadows would come up very dark (which I made even darker in post production).
It goes to show that as a wedding photographer if you see an image be persistent, don’t be afraid to ask your couple to try again it will be worth it in the end. It was Taln’s favourite image.
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