Photo Of The Day: Pure Art By Wedding Photographer Mauricio Arias

Wedding Photographer Mauricio Arias
United States


I’m 26 years old, I’m originally from Nicaragua and now I’m living in San Francisco, Bay area. The first time that I had a camera in my hands, was five years ago. I never studied anything related with art or photography before. Now, I have the privilege to work next to Erin and Ben Chrisman, Dave Getzchman and Aaron Morris. I also met and learned from wonderful artists on my journey through photography. I am a very curious person who likes to try new things and questions everything.

This photo was taken in Cabo, San Lucas, Mexico. They’re a young couple from Chicago. We met over the phone and we hit it off immediately. I knew it would be a great trip.

My dear friend Christophe Viseux (a total stranger at that time) flew from Istanbul to Mexico just to help me. Which was awesome!

I took different kind of photos during the wedding. But, close to the end of the day, I was feeling dissatisfied because we didn’t get to use the wonderful light from the sunset. At that moment, I felt that I was needing something different and iconic. My gift for them.

At the end of the party, I started to look for some interesting light; Some shape and colour that could represent the feeling that I had felt from the wedding. I saw this ethnic pattern of lights on the shades. And behind the shades, was a light pointing at the wall.

I exposed my camera to this light and started to take different configurations and compositions. This is when I decided to create a silhouette; but for me, the photo was still flat. I was looking for some layer that could give more dimension to the picture.Then, I found a chandelier and I added it as a third element.

Thanks to my friend Christophe who helped me, shining the chandelier with the video light. When I got light and the composition ready, I told the couple to do something sweet, and he kissed her forehead. While I was working the scene, the chandelier moved and I got reflection from the crystals, unexpected but interesting. And there it was this perfect wedding photo and moment!

To have all the context that I was needing, I shot it with my 35mm and a 1.8 aperture. In order to make the foreground an abstract element.

For my post-processing I selected the best version of this scene to work with in Lightroom, where I emphasize the most important features from the photo. I did some dodging and burning on some areas to give more depth to the photo.

The Select Bride’s Thoughts
A beautiful, colourful creative image by Mauricio Arias.  A wedding photographer who creates pure art.

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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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