Saturday, January 2, 2010

Kellie Bridals

Kellie's wedding was last month, and I'm just now finishing up the photos from it. I got the opportunity to shoot her bridals back in september, (note the greenery in the first shot), but of course, bridals can't be published until the big day.

We started out with a classic shot. Full body, train, greenery and a little city element. That's the Denton courthouse in the background. Kellie went to the University of North Texas in Denton, TX and is now a nurse. A very attractive nurse at that. Sorry, I watched too much animaniacs growing up. But really, Kellie was beautiful and great to work with.

With the 'classic shots' in the bag, it's time to spice it up. Bricks and bridals is always a tricky combination, Kellie rocked it.

Next stop, pillars.

Then out of nowhere, the sun decided to pop in for a visit. Let me tell you.. I love the sun. Just love it. Glamore lens flare shots were a must. This was my favorite of the whole batch.

Off to the next location, Locust Street looking north.

And again with bricks. This time we had pretty archs to work work.

Light is fading on us. I've been using my own lights all shoot anyway, balanced with the ambient, but now it's time for the overpower! The white vail is a simple backlighting. I have a wireless flash shooting toward me illuminating the vail from behind. This in particular was a 430ex at 1/8th power I believe. This can be tricky sometimes, first you have to hide the lightstand. Second, this is nearly impossible to fire with anything other than radio triggers. With the Nikon and Canon wireless technology uses infrared pulsing light to fire a slave, which means that there must be a visual connection between you and your strobe. In some cases, you might be able to pull it off by reflecting off the bricks. I was using pocketwizard transceivers.

And the last photo. the train. We framed Kellie inside the pillar. I went wide angle on this one. On these shots you have to be careful not to overexpose. The I also used a polarizer to try to make the blue in the sky come out more.

With bridals it's important to white balance, in every lighting change. That dress is white, and needs to be a true white in every photo. Sure, my locust street photo has a warm tint to it, but that's an effect, just for fun. Those are the kinds of photos for blogs only. You'll never see a photo like that hung at a reception or in a home for years and years. Stray away from heavy digital effects and try to get things right on the sensor. On top of a true white dress, then the skin must still look warm colored. An overcast day makes this even more difficult. Notice that outdoor shadows always have a blue tint to them. I polarizer makes things even more blue. I can't stress enough the important of shooting in raw which will allow you to correct the white balance in the case that you didn't get it right on the sensor.

Kellie was a blast to shoot with. Her and her new husdand, Cameron's, wedding was beautiful. Those photos coming soon.

I also want to say thanks to Sarah Carroll who assisted on the shoot.

-Jonny Carroll

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1 comment:

Sarah Carroll said...

"I love the sun.. Just love it."
I don't know why, but I liked that sentence. Cute. Love these photos!