This image of the bride and groom accompanied by the word "Love" written with sparklers is one of my most requested wedding photos. It is also one of my most recognisable images. As a wedding photographer documenting weddings in Toronto and abroad, I'm always on the hunt for new techniques that make my pictures stand out. This is one of them. Creating sparklers images is difficult, in particular on the wedding day when you literally have five minutes to create a photography masterpiece.
I took this image during the a Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe wedding reception. During the wedding reception, I asked the couple to join me for a quick photo shoot and I created a few beautiful shots. This is my favourite.
This posed wedding picture includes unique elements that make it a world-class image. First, the backdrop is splendid. The palm trees wrapped in Christmas lights, the coloured lit dance floor, and the paper decorations create a dreamlike background for this image. Next, the word love in itself makes this picture special. Even more, the couple is strategically placed on the left-hand side of the frame to visually balance the word "love". Finally, the tungsten light complements the blue backdrop in perfect visual harmony according to a classic colour palette.
In postproduction, I enhanced them colours, applied selective dodging and burning, softened the bride's skin and applied selective sharpening to the image.