Vinnie and Valerie were married in Scottsburg, Oregon (along the Umpqua River). While posing them in the tall grass and hammock that fronted the river, I noticed this tree swing on the adjacent property. Too perfect!
Using some on-camera fill flash I was able to freeze Valerie, just as Vinnie had given her a push, while using a slow enough shutter speed to let in the ambient light and give it some motion blur as I panned the bride.
I always like to include a collection of images of the bride’s bouquet. This one was taken at Bridal Veil Lakes, about an hour east of Portland. There are many ways to do this and one of my favorite is to have the groom stand behind the bride and have them both clasp the bouquet together. I then frame the image so only their hands (with rings!) and the flowers are showing, with a little bit of wedding dress and tuxedo in the background. Whenever I start this sequence I always tell the couple they can relax their faces, since I’m only focusing on their hands. I happened to look up during this particular shot and saw very nice, unguarded expressions on both their faces. No time for fill flash, or to adjust my metering for the bright sky behind them, but I got the shot. They loved it!
When I shot my first Cyprus wedding a couple years ago, I met with the bride in her suite; it was the honeymoon suite. My own room was in a different hotel altogether so I thought I’d have a peek out of the bride’s balcony to see what the view looked like. Wow! The pool leads directly out to the Mediterranean. I’m putting this post up so I can remember what sunshine and warm air feels like:)
Here are a few more images from Amie & Curt’s wedding at Eagle Rock Lodge, located on the banks of the McKenzie River. Since it’s a rainy time of year here in western Oregon I thought these photos were appropriate.
Having a great makeup artist (or MUA, as they’re called in the biz) can make a world of difference when it comes time to process images. At this Eagle Rock Lodge wedding, Amie brought along her own MUA. While Amie’s skin wasn’t at all poor to begin with, she wanted to make sure it looked great in the photos. This makes it much easier for me in post:)
Alicia and Sean were married at Whisper’n’Oaks and we took full advantage of the beautiful sunset that evening. This sepia tint was created in Lightroom; I modified that program’s sepia preset a little bit to give it more contrast.
They say rain at a wedding is good luck for the newlyweds. If that’s the case, this couple should play the lottery every now and then because these clouds erupted into a raging thunderstorm a few minutes after this photo was taken. We all jumped up and took shelter inside King Estate’s Pavilion. The band wedged its way in too, and the reception didn’t miss a beat.