One of the moments in weddings that I really love to capture is the make up session – whether it’s the bride preparing herself or someone else, it presents some excellent moments to focus on the smaller details. Especially once the bride has put her beautiful dress on and is positively glowing with big smiles, it can be easy to forget the time and effort put into looking their absolute best from head to toe.
I have a thing about eyes, they can tell you a lot about a person, so I love to get in nice and close with a macro lens. Even better still, it’s the one time where you never have to worry about lighting – make-up can’t be put on without A LOT of good light, it seems 😉 So it makes photographing it even more fun!
It’s not just the application that matters, it’s incredible HOW MUCH there is – like the matching shoes or designer handbag that holds it all, you can never have enough make up. Note the calm-inducing shot glass is empty… it seemed to do the trick though!
These days, mobile phones are permanently on, and the odd distraction or two caused by the ‘new message’ beep can make for a lovely capture.
As I said, it’s always good to get that final shot of the make up before the bride runs off to do anything else, with not an eyelash out of place. Not the easiest to do with such shallow depth of field. Taking two shots, one with the eyes and one with the lips in focus, and combining them in post processing seems to work pretty well overall though. I love the slight hint of a smile in this one.
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