Lighting the bride with natural light
365 days of weddings | Day 37
There is a moment when the hair and makeup are finished, the wedding dress is on and the sun is shining when the bride has a moment clarity about the day ahead.
Lucy, pictured here, had this moment on a beautiful sunny day. I remember it being super calm but, fun with an amazing selection of bridesmaids. For a second, it all slowed down by the window. I asked Lucy to stand by the window so I could use the perfect natural light falling through the blinds, my favourite light, standing near the blinds at the opposite end I was able to create leading lines drawing the eye towards the bride who is bathed in gorgeous, soft, window light. The serene expression on Lucy’s face gives a hint of the thoughts on her mind. I truly love these moments of silence during all the energy of a wedding day.
Natural light is a wedding photographers friend, it took years for me to understand how to use it effectively. Camera skills are the first thing a photographer masters and my degree was the foundation for that, over the next 5 years I learnt to pose and flatter the human form, this changes for each sex and body shape, after that I started to understand how light affects that form. Like a landscape photographer waits for the sun to illuminate the frame with the perfect angle I look for the best angle to highlight the face, Rembrandt lighting is where a triangle of light grazes the opposite cheek to the light source, it is said to be the ideal light for a face. In this image, you can spot that light and see how it perfectly highlights that perfect bone structure that Lucy is blessed with.
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