The following photos were taken within about a 15 minute window- just in the few golden moments at the start of a sunset. There were some changes in light as I went along, but most of the differences between these photos are the result of changing exposure in-camera, and adding off-camera flash. I made very few modifications in photoshop- I cropped slightly, cloned out an ugly electrical line, and added a bit of saturation to enhance the sunset, but otherwise the lighting differences are Straight-out-of-camera.
In the photo above, however, the couple isn’t well lit, so I added an off-camera flash for a different look. You can still see the cyans of the ocean, but the bride & groom are more the focus of the image.
Adding off-camera flash in a gazebo with a white ceiling, perfect for reflecting the light, creates an image with focus on the bride & groom, but also allows the definition and colour of the sunset behind them.
I love the creative freedom that comes from changing light!
Do you have a lighting preference among these images?
I recently had the pleasure of working with a bride and groom who were excited about letting me do some fun lighting! I am really happy with the images I got, and SO glad that I invested in a creative lighting photography workshop with Christina Craft from Funky Town Photography. I learned so much, and putting what I learned into practice is crazy fun!
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I was setting up the lighting while waiting for the bride and groom to come out, and the brides brother and his partner just happened to be sitting nearby. I asked them to stand in the doorway for me so I could test the light – and instead of a test shot, I ended up […]
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Meet Rosanne and Jeff. They’re just as nice and as sweet as they look! Last week we got rained on just as we met in the parking lot, so this week we were THRILLED to have lovely evening sun for our walk through the waterfront park. I can’t wait for their outdoor fall wedding, on […]
My very good longtime friend Karin is a real biker. Just knowing her makes me about a thousand times cooler. Years ago we worked together in our small-town theatre, and we’ve remained friends.
Recently I came up with a photoshoot idea. My wedding dress from my first marriage (1994!) has been sitting in a Rubbermaid tote in my garage for years- before that it was in a tote in my parent’s basement. I needed to do something with it….I briefly tried convincing one of my teenage sons to wear it as a Hallowe’en costume- I had visions of their teenage hockey friends dressing up as a Zombie Bride and wedding party complete with shredded formal wear. Unfortunately, my boys were not quite up for that…. and so the gown just sat there.
I got to thinking though- I absolutely LOVE trash-the-dress bridal sessions, so why not trash this dress?? There is something kind of cathartic (and fun) in this decision for me. I decided to ask my facebook friends for someone who would fit into it….(I certainly don’t… I was just 20 when I wore it!!!)…someone willing to be creative and not be afraid of getting dirty. I got two volunteers. Both ladies are so very different, so very unique, so very beautiful…. and so I came up with a two part concept. This is part one…. and the dress remained mostly intact. (Not for long….it’s going to be destroyed very soon!!!! Stay tuned….)
You have to appreciate the frou-frou lace of the 90’s.
oh, look at that bow…
The very cool “full circle moment” backstory to this session is that Karin wore a wedding dress on a Harley for her first wedding. This is my first wedding dress. We both agree we’re much happier married this time around to our wonderful second “forever” husbands.
I love how the camera can trick the eye into seeing something that isn’t…. or even to make us see something in unique light.
I did a little triptic to illustrate the cool effect of off camera flash. We were working in a small group, trying to move quickly and have our flashes in different places moment to moment- so you will see in the SOOC image that our instructor and my tripod were in the shot…. but a quick edit with some levels and a layer mask… voila.
Thanks to Christina Craft of FunkyTown Photography for walking me through the basics of off-camera flash.
I can’t wait to play with it some more on my own!