Photo Of The Day: Bridal Preparation By Jean Baptiste Chauvin

Wedding Photographer Versailles, France
Le Domaine de La Butte Ronde, France.
Wedding Photographer Jean-Baptiste Chauvin

My greatest wish, as well as my duty as a wedding photographer, is to offer you wedding photos that are far from your typical shots. My approach is ,above all, seeking emotion and true moments, while trying to find the perfect esthetic to give you memories that will last a lifetime.

The Shot

Silhouettes enable us to have a perfect look on face and body shapes. I often try to get one in each wedding I shoot.

Weddings are all unique but after you gain enough experience it becomes easy to anticipate many moments such as this one. So I already pictured the shot in my head before and I was waiting for the bride to apply the final retouches of her makeup, with a lipstick or something else. Of course, it’s best not to have the makeup tool touching the face so the silhouette stays “intact” and the curves of the face are clearly visible. That’s why a few shots were necessary to get the moment right before the lipstick touches the bride’s lips.

No real difficulties taking this shot. Equipment :

Canon 5d MkIII
Lens 24-70 f/2.8 II USM
Shutter: 1/160sec
F-stop: f/5.6
ISO: 160

One speedlight off camera with pink gel on it.

Post processing these kind of images is not difficult. Almost everything is done in camera. When I look at the the non-retouched photo, it’s actually quite close to the retouched one. Highlights, shadows and colors are just a little but more intense.

The couple loved this shot as well as the rest of the reportage. They thanked me so much for everything and told me they got what they wanted : “Emotion through our photos”.

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Wedding Photography Select’s Thoughts.

Beautiful colours enhanced by the decision to turn this wedding photo into a silhouette.

Our ‘Photo Of The Day‘ is a carefully selected image to help inspire you for your big day. Whether you’re a couple getting married or a wedding photographer shooting your next wedding, we want to show you great wedding photographers that think outside the box.  Each image we share has a lovely story behind it, whether it’s the technical details behind each shot or how the photographer arrived at the creative decision to capture it in all it’s glory.  Here at WPS & The Select Bride we’re passionate about great images, great wedding photographers and inspiring you at every turn.

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