Judging by the room Josh and Maegan had, I’d say the San Luis Resort penthouse suites are – well – sweet 😉
I entered with all of my gear, set it out of the way of the ladies in the room, and began picking up cups and plates off of the coffee table and moving chairs and other things around the room to make space for forthcoming photo ops. I decided there would be no need for any flash as the ambient light from the balcony windows mixed nicely with the interior shadows. The bride finally returned from the salon and the photography process began. And this, folks is where the art of photography really comes into play when capturing the beauty of the Bride and her Ladies.
I first saw Maegan in her little “Bride” robe when she waltzed down to the salon for her hair appointment. She told me the bridesmaids and matron of honor each had robes as well only they were in the bride’s color (aqua) with white embroidery writing on the backs.
I’ve noticed this about the “getting ready” sessions I have photographed prior to the actual wedding ceremony: they are all very relaxed and intimate, with hugs and fun chatter and quiet excitement of the ceremony to come. Talk centers around family. In the image above, Nana was showing her granddaughter the locket that will someday belong to her.
When you are hired to photograph a wedding, it’s so very important to get to know the couple prior to the Big Day. Why? Because having the couple feel comfortable with you and your style is worth so much in terms of the kinds of photographs you can achieve on their behalf. When everybody feels comfortable around you, then they tend to not feel so self-conscious and worried about having a camera around them on a constant basis. They relax in your presence and the photographs you capture reveal the love, affection, and emotion of the day.
Getting a photo of the wedding dress is almost a de rigeur photo nowadays. And Maegan was cracking me up. Pretty much everything she wore said “Bride”, from her robe to her tank top.
That quiet excitement began to build as the bride was helped into her gown and finishing touches were applied.
I made use of my 70-200mm, 50mm, and 24-70mm lenses for these images. All of them hand-held. No flash. In all of the photos with people (excepting the reception images), I added a touch of Imagenomic’s Portraiture. It’s all about looking good for the wedding, you know.
If you are in a situation where you can utilize side-lighting, then by all means do so, as it is fantastic for portraits.
If you are in a situation where you can utilize backlighting for the bride, then this is another one of those “by all means do so” moments.
Yes, the backlit bride and her dress are clichéd shots that all photographers get, but nobody can argue they aren’t beautiful images and every backlit bride image is different from wedding to wedding, so it’s not *quite* the same thing as photographing a landscape that everybody else with a camera has captured.
I also made use of black & white with some of the photos. Weddings, IMO, were made for monochrome. In some cases, I noticed the black & white images bringing out more dress detail than in the color images.
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