In case you missed this week’s My Portland Photographer post, we wanted to share it on our blog as well. It provides some insights into how I work and how I am able to capture the work that we create. Here is the blog post with the accompanying image below.
As a professional wedding photographer, one of my primary responsibilities is knowing how to construct the best photograph possible.
It oftentimes starts with an awareness of the background. It establishes the framework within which you will capture the moment. It creates the composition for the image, and more importantly, it helps tie all the elements together. When done properly, the photograph holds the potential to transcend the moment it depicts.
While documenting Lindsay & Colin getting ready at The Nines Hotel, I wanted to find a nice private location for their first moment. Being familiar with The Nines, I knew of a hallway area that had beautiful natural light and a simple color palette. I knew it would be the right choice for the occasion.
The mirror was an extra bonus. It was something I knew I would incorporate into the shot. So, with these elements in mind, I orchestrated the couple’s first moment in such a way as to take advantage of all these features – the light, the reflection, the color palette, etc.
By setting the stage in this way, I am able to focus all my energy on just the couple. I wait. I watch. I observe. Then I click. And I click again. Capturing each moment as it unfolds knowing that the right framework is in place.
There are so many things about this image that I love. I love the ethereal light that pours in through the window. I love the way Colin gently holds Lindsay’s hand. The gesture is so loving and tender. I love that only through the reflection in the mirror do we realize that the bride is holding her bouquet. The light blues and vibrant oranges play off one another throughout the image. I think of the round mirror and how its shape resembles that of a wedding ring. I could go on and on. It’s these things – these elements – that make a photograph for me. And what better way to capture such a special moment on the wedding day…
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