We are two young and creative wedding photographers based in Germany (Essen city). Our aim is to be on the same wavelength with our Brides and Grooms, to try to understand how they
Wedding Photographer Le Havre, France. Jacques Mateos shares a wedding photography technique.
Suddenly just looking a few meters to the side of the wall I saw a very narrow sunshine in diagonal on a gate. I asked them to move to that spot to and had them face so they were just in the light, same pose as we did before. I asked Guillaume to move his head vertically in order to have the eyes in a black hole, staying straight, and Adeline to look on her right to have her profile shaped by the sunshine.
Next point was to meter the light for the high exposure on the face, in manual mode and spot, as usual for my couple sessions. I took the time to compose with the couple at the 30% up and 30% to the right for a stronger composition. The couple is on the right to draw you into the image and the Adeline head turned to the left. We see she closes her eyes but Guillaume stays in the shadows adding mystery. The fact she closes his eyes reinforced the feeling of the shot.
The raw file showed some flowers in the darkness on the left and a part of the gate in the upper right, the final touch was the post processing to increase the darkness level and the dramatic expression on the faces. A bit of warm colors and desaturation, 100% done with Lightroom.
Adeline and Guillaume trusted me at 100%, they like the photo and it's in the wedding book. I am not sure the couple, in general, are in love with this kind of image but they respect the wedding photographers work and his freedom and it's really important for me to be able to go above their expectations. I always keep a space during the session (or the wedding in general) for shooting 'my' pictures.
The session was during in afternoon with strong light from the sun, you have to be creative when you use it and not always shooting in the shadow or only back lighting, looking for strong light can be challenging but always interesting.
When I saw how strong the sunshine was, this photo popped into my mind exactly as I have shot it, the only question for me was between color or black and white. I had a award in Wedding Photography Select gave me an awards for the black and white version but I actually prefer the color one. I shot it with a 5DMKIII and 50 1.2 lens.