This is a beautifully executed portrait with a lovely balance of three sources of light - an artificial source, candlelight and the sky. An image like this usually requires a fair degree of planning and the right time of day to achieve balance of the sky and candles. The strobe, of course, is more agreeable. The lighting creates the mood but the feeling comes from the touch of her hand to his cheek.
The bluish hues and the scattered candles really create atmosphere in this photo. I like the longer lens choice and the low-angle that the photographer used because it puts the clouds as the backdrop behind their heads. The narrower depth-of-field softens the trees in the background, which also softens the feel of this photo. Perfect for a couple in love.
I fell in love with this image for reasons that, for whatever reason, makes me reluctant to attempt description. Sometimes an image can strike us with such a guttural force that telling someone why you like it feels more like counseling or an interrogation than inquisitiveness. Nonetheless I can say that the light in this image is not only rich and inviting but that spot of flare provides an artistic expression that borders on symbolism. Beyond that, the composition is relevant to the scene and the subjects share a beautiful moment as they are bathed in the beauty surrounding them. And that’s pretty much all I want to say for this “session."
This portrait has a feel of an old Rembrandt portrait — the color and the location of the light source. The shallow depth-of-field helps to focus the attention on the couple and diffuses the cityscape just enough. Very nice!
This image is an episode of ebullient beauty. It simply looks and feels perfect in every respect. Even nature appears groomed for this portrait. The light speaks for itself...well, sort of. I spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out the light source until I decided that it didn't matter. The image resonates through light, location and the oh-so-right posture of the bride, who leans gently back into the groom’s arms. Delicious.
This is a simple yet elegant image. The photographers composition, beautiful lighting and the vibrant color of the landscape makes this a great portrait.
This portrait makes great use of negative space and side light. This is another portrait in this category where the photographer really captures an Old World feel. Of course, the dogs expression is perfect!
A lady in waiting - This seems to be a beautifully found moment with man’s best friend at this bride's side. Either way this is a strong portrait and great use of light.
I’ve never been accomplished at lighting and directing a large group portrait but I’ve seen thousands of photos in the genre and this is one of the best. There is an artful feel created by the lighting and complimented by the subjects, whose body positions exude a trendy hipster style. The background adds to the scene through a laid-back form of opulence. It all works to create a powerful image.
Sometimes a photo is all about the angle. And, sometimes shooting down on a subject can result in a cool and unusual image. This photo is one of those times. The color of the bride's skin is in the same tonal range as the floor and the benches creating the illusion that the bride is in the center of a flower.
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