Have you seen our latest photos of the day on social media? Every day we post a wedding photo or portrait on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter that appears to us to be one of the most interesting images in wedding and portrait photography, and we ask the creatives behind the photos to detail the background story of the image and their technical approach to represent. Here’s what caught our attention this week.
How to balance a portrait subject and a beautiful background
Photographer Annabelle Agnew admits that capturing portraits of people near breathtaking views can be difficult just because she doesn’t want the view to compete with or overshadow the subject. Here at a wedding in Quebec City, Agnew says, “I feel like I’ve managed to find a balance by making the window light on her dress look like a painting.”
The bride had prepared herself in this bedroom with a breathtaking panoramic view of the picturesque La Malbaie. Agnew stood in the far corner of the room to cut out the bed that smacked in the middle – whereupon hyperactive nephews recently jumped excitedly. Agnew wanted things to calm down, so she framed the shot to get the entire dress in the frame and “to indicate the extent of the view by getting more than one window in the shot,” she notes. She asked the bride to look at her first, then look out the window and see the landscape. “We had a few minutes of rest for the day together and I was hoping that she would feel that silence and pause.”
It wasn’t until later that Agnew realized that the photo reminded her of a movie she’d seen growing up repeatedly: A Room With A View, a romance piece. Still, she notes, the photo “had enough of a modern twist given the aesthetics of her dress and the decor of the room. I also loved how the rotation of the curtain mimicked the detail of her dress.”
For them, this photo represents something different, a feeling that is more in line with the time we have lived: “I feel that this year has been a time of reflection, and I like to think that this photo will cover much of the Looking outwards from behind our windows includes: thoughtful and hopeful. “
The photographer transforms poor venue lighting into a balanced ambience
At a wedding, it can be difficult to fix poor lighting while you’re shooting the big day. Once you’ve learned how to seamlessly integrate the flash outside of the camera at weddings, we learned that flash units in particular can help in difficult lighting situations.
Here the wedding photographer Tory Bass noticed the beautiful interior of this wedding venue, it was not lit for a wedding photographer. “To compensate,” explains Bass, “I used two flashes attached to opposite corners of the dance floor. This allowed me to shine enough light directly on the couple while maintaining the ambience of the wedding room.”
Competition for “The Shot” at a photo workshop
It can be difficult to take photos, especially portraits, during photography workshops and conferences, but Dani Toscano sees these as “incredibly healthy challenges,” she says. “You’re facing fast, adrenaline pumping moments when you need to call right away about how to depict your subjects, frame the light, and create a story in the picture.”
Take, for example, a siren-inspired shoot at The Hybrid Collective. Other photographers vied for a shot. Toscano stepped back patiently and watched and waited for “that quiet moment and that movement” in her final picture, “one in which the light was picturesque, where a photo could translate light less literally and more as beacon of hope and awe.”
When a couple has to repeat their wedding photos …
Phylicia Willis answered the call: A couple had called because their original wedding portraits did not live up to expectations. So she met them at the Le Méridien Hotel in Tampa, Florida to “redeem their experiences,” as Willis puts it, “even though it was cloudy outside and very dark inside.” To compensate, the photographer pressed her settings and used a flash outside the camera if necessary.
“While I’ve been able to change my settings,” Willis notes, “I always recommend being prepared for the lights. Always have at least one flash and trigger in your kit because you never know what the weather and location might be like . ” “The setup gave her the flexibility to move, reflect, and angle the light easily while the light looked natural,” because no one wants those flash images, “she says.
With the flair of the wedding couple for fashion
Aside from one of the bride’s British sign language interpreters, photographers Jake Owens and Tim Easton were the only witnesses to this couple’s escape from London. The duo who run E&O Photo knew that the brides’ unique sense of style deserved to be shown to the full throughout the day.
“Both Tim and I love capturing details at weddings,” says Owens, “so this shot seemed like a great way to bring those two things together in one picture. Personally, I love the contrast of Lucy’s hand tattoos and clothing me against the softness of Jess’s outfit and accessories. “
At this point in the day Owens and Easton were right outside City Hall. “The quality of the winter afternoon light was so great that we knew this was the place for some photos.”
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