Wedding photographers are faced with many challenges. It's a stressful job and there are no reshoots (well, usually not). One of the toughest challenges a wedding photographer faces is often location. Let me give you an example.
A recently shot a wedding with Caitlin and David, an absolutely wonderful couple. They had a great wedding, and I had a blast shooting it. However, about three-quarters of the way into the evening, it was time to steal the couple and take them outdoors for a few photos. Caitlin had always dreamed of snow on her wedding, and just her luck, there was snow on the ground and flurries in the air. Perfect. There was only one problem. Surrounding this particular establishment in all directions was a seemingly never-ending parking lot. Now, it was night time, and people were dancing inside, so taking the lovely couple on a ride to a better location wasn't necessarily an option. So I had to make the best of what was given to me.
First, I found the one piece of landscaping this venue had to offer, and took a shot. Here's what I saw.
My brain hurt, but there was no way I was going to let this couple down. What I needed to do was find a way to eliminate any undesirable elements, make the background as "un-busy" as possible, and make this image all about the bride and groom on their special day. So, I brought in a light, and changed my angle slightly.
Ok, it was getting better! I liked the lens flare, and I loved how it highlighted the snow that was following. I decided to switch my orientation to portrait, and brought in the bride and groom.
Adding Caitlin and David made this scene a lot better. However, now there was an added challenge - it was really cold, and the bride was in a strapless wedding dress. Luckily for me, Caitlin was an absolute trooper, and was willing to do whatever it took to get the shot. After posing the couple, I finally got the shot that I wanted, and did some color correction.
There are still things wrong with this image. Mostly the dead plant in the foreground and the telephone pole growing out of David's back. However, since this was my favorite image of the night, it got brought into Photoshop to give us our final product.
Overall, I'm very happy with this photo. It's a beautiful image of two wonderful people on their wedding day, but it's also a testament of trying to make the absolute best photo in any location.
Be sure to stay tuned for more images from Caitlin and David's wedding!