This shot was taken during the bride and groom portrait session just after the wedding ceremony. A very nice sunny day during June in Le Havre, France. It was in a garden, actually
Wedding Photographer France. Philip Stephenson shares a wedding photography technique.
I saw the potential of this photo before the moment. The graphic lines and variety of tones from the natural light drew my attention to this area. So I kept an eye on what was happening near the stairs while photographing the bride, Pauline, getting ready. Her father had gone upstairs to change while she was waiting with other family members to leave for church.
I almost never prompt clients or setup photos, so when Pauline greeted her dad as he came down, I got that little flutter inside that said â€˜this is itâ€™. Their interaction was crucial to making this photo. Their gestures and placement add tenderness to an otherwise stark and graphic image. The skylight (backlight) pays a huge value to this image and was probably the deciding factor for taking this shot. It defines everything down to the little highlight on her hair.
The equipment I used for this photo was a Canon 5D mkii with a 24-70mm, f2.8L lens. Although shooting digital I adopt a film like approach as if each shot is limited and precious; so I use single shot shooting. This helps to keep my eye sharp and improve my reflexes when trying to capture the moment. I always use manual exposure too.
I shoot raw files which I edit through Aperture with personal presets. During post-production Iâ€™ll apply a global colour process and label any images Iâ€™d like to see in b&w. Iâ€™ll also rate images of preference and flag any photos that Iâ€™d like to edit further in PhotoShop. I do as much as possible in-camera though if retouching can â€˜make the differenceâ€™ I may do some minor PhotoShop edits. In this image for example, I darkened the wall under the stairs to avoid distraction.
The overall resulting image for me is very pleasing.