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Couple Having Fun at Toronto Botanical Garden Wedding

Usually, I don't mix formal and candid photos on the same album spread. However, at this Toronto Botanical Garden wedding I want to do something different. As such, I combined a fun image with a traditional one.

The image on the left, which occupies about 70% of the spread is a quirky shot. Here, I capture the groom playing air guitar while his bride's posing like a model. What I like the most about this shot is the seriousness of the couple despite the hilarious situation. The bride is leaning onto the bridges railing and looking towards the sun. That lighting scenario sculpts and gives dimension to her face and chest. By placing the subject so that the light skims across the chest we create a succession of highlights and shadows. That technique was developed by the Renaissance painters and was borrowed by photography. It is called chiaroscuro. Everything in this image is about the bride. First the groom is playing for the bride. Second he's looking at her creating a virtual leading line doors a subject. Third, the wooden railing is creating a second leading line towards the bride. Finally, the figure to ground contrast emphasizes the importance of the bride is the main subject in this picture. It is a main gestalt rule in photography that states that the contrast between the subject and the background should be maximized. That, in effect increases the visual importance of the subject in this wedding picture.

The image on the right is a more traditional wedding picture and portrays the groom hugging the bride. Both of them are posing to the camera.

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