My wife and I met in photography school and we’ve been shooting weddings for over 12 years. Our photo studio is located in San Francisco but we live in the Sonoma County, wine country, close to the famed Napa Valley. Besides weddings we still shoot commercially too.
The wedding dress was shot at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. The bride was getting ready there and we wanted to somehow incorporate the unique architecture of the Hyatt. Since the room she was getting ready in was rather small, I decided it would be cool to take some shots of the dress in the ginormous atrium, for which the Hyatt is famous. Fortunately the bride was totally on board with the concept for the shot. Needless to say it is somewhat risky to hang a dress up that high, so I had to take some precautions. Since my wife stayed with the bride to cover her getting ready, I recruited one of the bridesmaids to help me with the shoot. Her job was mainly to keep an eye on the dress. I also made sure the dress was attached securely to the hanger. Once I decided where to hang the dress safely, I had to move fast. I shot the dress from different angles through out the atrium in about 8 minutes, which made for a good work out.
I post process most of my images in Light Room. Having a background shooting film I have created some different B/W settings over the years. I wanted a nice contrast that would still show a lot of detail and make the dress pop. I used one of my own B/W settings called ‘Film Noire’ and tweaked it a little.
I was very happy how the shot turned out, in fact the image placed 5th in an ISPWP contest. The bride loved the shot, in fact another shot my wife did with the couple in the atrium won a first place in the same competition. Which shows when you have a good location to shoot, work it.
Camera: Canon 5D Mark 2
Lens: 50mm 1.2
Exposure: 1/100s @ f4.5
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