My name is Artur Voth, and I am a wedding photographer from Germany. I photograph weddings in photo-journalistic style with a keen sense for the small and big moments on their w
Wedding Photographer Rijeka, Croatia. Dalibora Bijelic shares a wedding photography technique.
This photo wasn't made on a real wedding though. It was made for a make-up artist's Paola Pecek portfolio. I chose a very simple background (a white wall) combined with a diffused light from a big window on the other side of the bride. I wanted the focus to be on her beautiful red lips, so I asked her to look down and made the shot from above. I think that the best thing that works for me is to keep it very simple. A location can be breathtaking but if the light isn't perfect, you've lost at least 50% (or more) of the magic. So, sometimes, an ordinary white wall will do just fine (and it's the best for reflecting the light)!
For this shot I used my Canon EOS 5d MKII and Canon 85mm f1.8 lens. I always shoot on Manual, so my choice of exposition was: ISO400 (since I was taking the photo indoors with no additional light, just natural light coming from the window), 1/800 at f1.8 (to get that soft look and a nice, sharp, focused lips). I used in camera metering (partial metering). I do all my post processing in Lightroom, including removing a few pimples and blemishes. I never do much of a retouching because I don't believe people should be something else they're usualy not (and I like human skin to stay natural, not turning it into a plastic barbie doll look-a-like; that's just sooo not cool).
Anyway, if I think about real weddings I shoot, I think this image summes up a lot about my technique in general. A plain window, good light, white wall reflecting that light, bride as natural as possible, no unnatural posing. Good, not exaggerate make-up. My advice for any bride is to be yourself, the rest will follow (if you have a good photographer :)