Taking advantage of this lit tree was a great call and the couple’s placement creates a prize-winning composition. The thing that really makes the picture sing is the portable light positioned behind the couple which lights the groom’s face and the bride’s gown. I’ll bet without that light the couple would have sunk into the background. –Good thinking.
Of course not every photographer has the advantage of a location like this and the bride is going to regret ever listening to the photographer when her bridal gown is covered with burrs, but it is a winner. The flair actually adds to the photograph. The couple not looking at the camera adds to the photograph. Let me tell a not so brief story that was a favorite of Chairman Wilbur Mills, (the older readers will remember Wilbur Mills/Fanny Fox news story). Mills was running for re-election in Arkansas and his opponent’s campaign picture showed the opponent walking across a cattle pasture and looking confidently up at the sky (the campaign line was, “the candidate for the future). Mills countered the ad by saying, “Show me a man who walks through a cow pasture without looking down (to avoid the cow manure) and I’ll show you a fool.” Arkansas is a farm state and Wilbur Mills won the election.
This is from a wedding in one of the most photographed places in Colorado, the Maroon Bells. After their ceremony the couple went for a walk down to the lake and this was a picture on the way back.
For sure, this maze has been used for hundreds of wedding party portraits, but playing the maze with the “lost” members of the wedding party was clever. I’m sure that the idea has been done a few times in the past, but it is a good photograph.
Very nice color due to the time of day this photograph was made. I like how just the edge of the bride's face is visible. If there were a little more separation between the couple and the tree line it would have been even stronger.
Quite an interesting way to photograph the groom and his men; looks like it was taken inside a lighthouse and it's got the feel of an M.C. Escher print. Excellently executed so that even the men at the bottom are clearly in focus.
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