I remember quite some time ago before I got into wedding photography or really portraiture of any kind, I wanted to photograph a bright dress against a nice solid green patch of grass.
There are already plenty of this kind of image out there, (just check out Google’s Image Search for a select few thousand), so it’s an easy one to get inspiration and ideas for. It’s also one with a lot of impact, and so it’s a shot I always like to try and capture.
Whilst you can always find a green bit of grass, finding one that doesn’t have manhole covers, sun-scorched patches and little presents from roaming pooches can prove a little more difficult.
Such situations call for the use of something for the bride to sit on, (a collapsible step stool is something we always have with us now and serves many purposes), an eye for any patch of grass big enough (in this case, right next to a children’s play area) and a bit of photoshop trickery to mask out any unwanted elements. The thing to remember is to make sure the dress gets spread out nice and evenly, and it’s not a photo that *has to* have eye contact with the bride, it can easily make for a nice contemplative mood shot.
Dana and Dasha wanted us to do something a little different from the usual bride on lawn, so the addition of the wedding couple’s initials makes for a lovely extra focal point for the viewer. Needless to say the beautiful bride herself is the icing on the cake!