Good Afternoon Everybody,
Hope the weather is good in you part of the world. We are still enjoying those perfect Cabo skies, cool breezes, and beautiful beaches. Although it's been a bit on the chilly side here only making it into the low/mid 80's by mid-day, but I'm not complaining.
We only have three more days in beautiful Cabo and then head back home on Saturday. We plan to make the best of it so let's get right on with today's post.
The One That Got Away: Taking Better Wedding Silhouette Photos
Bridal silhouette photographs can be some of the most striking images you can create for your client. I've seen some good ones and I've seen some not so good ones. Let's take a look at the image below. It's got a lot going for it, but it still misses the mark in some key areas.
First, what do I like about this image:
1- I like how the bride's gown leads from the foreground.
2- I like seeing the bride's reflection on the floor.
3- I kind of like the position of the the bride's bouquet close to her face. It draws the viewer's eye to that part of the image.
4- I think the maker has a good start on creating a beautiful silhouette.
OK, I probably didn't sound too thrilled about this image. Like I said, I think it's a good start. So, what would I have done to finesse this image to the next level?
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1- First off, I would have arranged the gown and the train a bit better. The gown is slightly wrinkled where it first meets the ground. The maker needed to give it a good "fluff" and then while still holding on to it, let it touch the ground softly. That would have added lots more volume to how it looks. Fine tune the veil the same way.
2- I would have used a longer lens to compress the scene. I find the furniture on the left a bit distracting. A longer lens would have minimized the situation. No room for a longer lens, then move the furniture.
3- My biggest suggestion is to NEVER have the veil obstruct the profile of your subject. In this image, the veil is pulled forward right under the bride's nose and consequently blocks the bottom third of her profile. This is a HUGE no-no.
4- My second biggest suggestion for this image pertains to the bride's position against the window. She is framed up against the rightmost window pane. But that let's the center wind divider hit her in the top of the head - not a very good compositional play.
She should have been framed up to the left of left panel with the left panel acting as an "interior frame" for the bride.
5- I also think a lower camera position would have helped to add dramatics to this image.
I know I've come down a little heavy on his image but hopefully in a constructive way. There is such a wonderful opportunity here and I think these small changes could have really made the image "sing".
Let's take a look at one of my images I made in the same location - it was a different window though. See how I positioned the bride slightly left of center in the window frame. It looks as if she is moving into that space instead of out of it as we see above.
My choice of longer lens also allowed me to isolate on the bride within the framing of the heavy drapes.
I think the fact that the bride's profile is unobstructed by anything allows the viewer to really enjoy this profile view. That's why we want to ALWAYS keep the profile clean.
Now take a look at my next image. The key point I want to discuss in the image is the positioning of the subject against the window pane. Notice how I have the bride's face framed up within the smaller window pane carefully adjusting her position so that her head is NOT bisected by the vertical element but instead, framed by it.
Folks, these are all small things to keep in mind when considering your overall composition of the image. It's why they hired you - they want YOU to pay attention to the small things that make their wedding images a wonderful remembrance of the day.
It's like anything else in life - keep you eye on the small details and your final result will always exceed your clients expectations.
Hey gang, that's it for me today. We are making the road trip up to Todos Santos. Todos Santos in a small Mexican town that is home to a thriving art community. The drive to Todos Santos is also quite beautiful.
Have a great rest of the day and I'll see you sometime tomorrow for another episode of Business Day Thursday.
See ya' then, David