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Lace Up The Bride

By Vitatana      
Though shooting my first wedding was a challenge, I managed to find this gem amongst all the others! The light from the window, the lines created and the colors really stand out to me.

As I am booked for more weddings this summer, any critique or suggestions is always welcome!

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saeidNL 7 3 Netherlands
22 Apr 2012 5:03PM
Nicely work,well done,
saeid

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banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3555 Canada
22 Apr 2012 5:12PM
I realy like this shot. Its casual shots like this that for me are the ones that can make a difference in the wedding set.

there are some expert wedding photographers that will join in shortly, so I will leave the general tips to ehm.



regards



Willie
22 Apr 2012 5:29PM
Beautifully caught moment and great composition and light.

P.
puertouk 5 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2012 7:17PM
You will always find these types of shots turn out the best. In this shot, her left arm is blown. If there's a net curtain in the window, maybe draw it across to remove the harsh light. Always look for the natural shot. It gives people something to talk about as they rarely realise that shot had been taken of them. They remember the shots that were regimented, nice yes, but regimented. Sit and watch the people, in the hotel or home prior to them going to the church. This is when people are relaxed but excited where they can be themselves. You will get the natural laugh or smile. Once they get into the car to go to the church, everything changes. Take shots of the people inside the church as well as the bride and groom. The bride and groom will look back and say, ooh, it's uncle Fred and auntie Vera, or words to that effect. After the wedding in the church is over, everyone is relaxed. This is where you will find people milling around, chatting and laughing. Again, this is when you will get your best shots. Look at the bride and groom, as they will have natural smiles on their faces, much better than regimented ones. Hope this will be of some help in the future.
Happy snapping
Stephen
NEWMANP Plus
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2012 9:20PM
well im a bit torn here because i think this is bordering on pure class, - and yet i see some issues that could be overcome easily.

compositionally it breaks all the rules, nothing is mega sharp, figures tilting forewards, heads cropped out, it was a tough call to crop this way in camera and a brave one that has come off exceptionally well. the picture i love it -- brilliant, complimentary tones with the walls and purple top, nice skin tones -- well done.

issues are blown highlights, normally id sooner tread on a rusty nail than blow highlights but occasionally it can work, -- just as long as you dont go for overkill. and at the end of the day an image like this has to be saleable and appealing.

im thinking that the two areas of concern are the area bottom right and the white triangle breaking out the top of frame. both of these can be reduced by a top and right side crop, not all the way, just reduce them so they are not quite so eye catching.

ill do a quick crop mod to to see, let me know what you think.

best regards
Phil
dudler Plus
13 468 908 England
22 Apr 2012 9:21PM
Well seen!

It's more importnat to get the shot than to make it perfect... I wish more people would understnad this is also true of the wedding as a whole, and the marriage...

Perfection is overrated.
paulbroad 9 117 1075 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2012 8:27AM
Mixed feelings. Quite a lot of impact but I'm a bit old fashioned and, in my limited wedding career, always refused to go to the bride's home along with all the other requirements - just too much work for one person to do properly. I think to cover home and church properly you need an assistant. They had two choices, do it my way or find someone else, but I usually got conned into the jobs - never enjoyed doing weddings.

I realise the modern trend is the complete package and this is an original shot and, even given the few technical flaws - blown highlights and a slight softness, the bride will doubtless love it.

The tilted camera works for once here. Hope you're not one of these photographers who tilts cameras a lot. Usually verticals should be vertical.

Paul
Sooty_1 6 1.5k 220 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2012 8:37AM
I think if you look at a lot of contemporary wedding photographers you will find this is a fairly standard kind of shot.
With this reportage style, I agree it is better to get the shot and convey the mood of the day, however, if planning to shoot weddings as the main photographer, I think you need to get everything as sharp as you can. You have however focussed well, ie on the hands and ribbon. This close you are going to have a limited depth of field anyway.

Nick
26 Apr 2012 4:00PM
Wow, Thanks to everyone for the comments and constructive critique!! I will take it all into consideration when shooting my next wedding in CUBA!!

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