This beautiful wedding at One King West hotel is one of the best organized marriages I ever photographed. It clearly shows that the bride and groom were event planners with many years of experience under their belt.
While the previous series of bridal portraits had a dreamy look, for the second series I chose a more dramatic feel, more dark if you wish.
I am a big fan of the chiaroscuro technique used by painters such as Caravaggio and mainly Australian wedding photographers such as Rocco Ancora, Ryan Schembri and Gerry Ghionis, not to mention the great Yervant. This album spread is an homage to that particular painting technique we humbly employ in our wedding photography.
The series of images was captured early on the wedding day before the ceremony. While the bride and the scene look peaceful, there were lots of things happening behind the scenes. The the wedding party were taking care of the last details the family were entertaining the guests and so on. However, the bride and groom were so much into photography that they dedicated plenty of time for the couple and their individual portraits.
This album spread includes three portraits of the bride holding her bouquet. In the first full body image, the bride is looking straight to the camera and is very somber. The second portrait features the bride looking at her bouquet while the third image is a close-up of the same pose.
I love the bride's expression and her classic beauty captured perfectly in this triptych.
From a post processing standpoint, I used a series of techniques to refine these wedding pictures. Besides the colour correction, I applied selective sharpening, selective vignetting, skin softening and I increased vibrancy to make the bride "pop."
All three portraits were captured using a Canon 5D Mark III equipped with a Canon 85mm 1.2 lens, one of my favourite portrait lenses.
Location: 1 King St W, Toronto, ON M5H 1A1.