This photograph of the mother and bride's engagement rings is one of my favourites shots captured at this Roma's Hospitality Centre wedding. To create this image, I asked the mother to hold the bride's hand as such way so I can see both their engagement rings. Wedding photograph symbolizes the circle of life and the transformation of the bride from a single girl into a married woman. The position of the hands and the placement of the rings creates a natural flow in the image. The rings are placed along the sinister diagonal which makes the viewer's eye travel from the top left to the bottom right of the frame.
This picture includes contrasting elements which make the image stand out. On the left, we can see the mother of the bride's black dress, in stark contrast with the pure white wedding gown worn by the bride on the right side of the frame. The old, slightly wrinkled hands of the mother are complemented by the fine hands of the bride. Contrast is one of the most important principles of art and it is used in this shot emphasize the passage of time.
To capture this image I used a Canon 85 mm 1.2 lens mounted on a 5D Mark III camera. In post processing I applied a slight skin softening and a vignette to draw the viewer's attention to the engagement rings. To increase the softness of the image while emphasizing the engagement rings, I photographed the shot at f2, which gives us a very shallow depth of field. One of the main rules of photography is to make the subject stand out. That is usually obtained by focusing on the subject and by ensuring that the subject is the brightest part of the frame.
Location: 5980 Shawson Dr, Mississauga, ON L4W 3Z6.