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Princess for the day

By tigertimb
It was like stepping into a different world accompanying the bride and her sister to the salon in the morning. A whole team of servants seemed to have been hired for an hour or so, to rush round pampering the bride whilst she relaxed in a chair. Each with their own role and specific task in tranforming the bride into a princess for the day. Smile

Can someone tell me whether there is significance to the Tiara, beyond the brides wish to play princess?

#2 is a slightly softened version; all comments and suggestions very welcome and thankyou for your thoughts on my previous shot.


Tags: Photo journalism Wedding Fashion Wedding and social Bride Portraits and people

Voters: Hoffy, mrswoolybill, dawnmichelle and 18 more

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Hoffy 17 262 16 England
10 Sep 2008 8:29AM
I think version one is better, shame about that background, did you try from the other angle and get the people doing the hair and make-up, always important to include them as the bride likes to remember who. They seem to count them as personnel friends.
tigertimb 14 40 66 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2008 8:37AM
Thanks for the comment Paul; personally I kinda liked the background with all the bottles as it sets the scene for me. I did take lots of other shots of all the activity going on, the staff and reflections, but they seemed more personal. I chose to upload this one as being near the end of the process, including the crown and showing the smile on the brides face as she inspected the result
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2527 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2008 9:19AM
I too rather like the bright lights and colours of the background. I definitely prefer V1, in V2 you lose the distinction between subject and background, plus her eyes and hair lose brightness. And for me this is really about the excitement in her eyes.
lonely_oryx 14 61 55 England
10 Sep 2008 12:39PM
I think the portrait is great and I am not too bothered about the background, I think is sets the scene. It is the OOF hand that I find distracting
tigertimb 14 40 66 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2008 1:02PM
Thankyou for the comments;
There was originally a bit more context to the hand John; holding some strange implement for torturing hair; but I preferred the balance of this crop. But I do agree it's lost a little in the process and I'll have a play to see if I can offer the couple a variant with it cloned out
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 79 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2008 1:48PM
Fine, lively portrait, excellent tones and focus. The softened version works as well as #1 for my taste. I like the blurred hand, too, it shows that activity is continuing while you work, that the shot is not posed but a fleeting moment.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2527 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2008 3:29PM

Quote:So I'm assuming Bill has a big black camera too?

Quote:some strange implement for torturing hair

No further comment required.
Bodiewil 14 46 Wales
10 Sep 2008 4:53PM
No1 for me Tim somehow the background seems to work for me... it gives that commercial look
mark1309 15 13 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2008 6:31PM
No 2 for me,
rangerpaul 15 19 7 England
10 Sep 2008 7:09PM
Hi Tim. I'm going to go with the flow on V1 although I don't dislike V2.
V1 just has that bit more detail I think this type of shot deserves. As you say the backgrounds not a problem as it does help to tell the story.
AnneWorner 14 620 43 United States
10 Sep 2008 7:47PM
Background doesn't bother me at all here, as it does set the scene! I like both versions, with v1 being my favorite. The softening in v2 gives it a slightly dreamy effect, maybe appropriate for the way the bride feels?
banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4311 Canada
10 Sep 2008 9:06PM
A good shot Tim, - and you are so brave to go in there. But youve provided some understanding why they are easily dissatisfied with the reality of the next day, - not much pampering.

I like V1, - the softening of both the BG and face in V2 could make one think the softening was accidentally spilled over on the face.

lostintime 14 13 6 Germany
11 Sep 2008 12:56PM
Great capture Tim, love the hand. Version 1 for me, at least for the bride herself. In the background I quite like the softer look.
Jay44 16 1.4k Wales
11 Sep 2008 1:32PM
I prefer version 1, her eyes are so vibrant in it and she looks at her reflection.

Tiaras used to be used to help keep the veil on, but they can also be decorate. I quite like them myself.

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