Portrait And Wedding Photography In England & Ireland; Unique Locations And Period Costumes Page 2
Posing The Bride
One of the main things I emphasize for studio portraiture on location is the benefit of learning simple posing and lighting techniques. Everyone learned a simple lesson when a very young teen-ager was brought into the classroom to pose as a bride. She entered the classroom in a strapless wedding gown, bare arms and all. I had to do something to dress her up for a portrait.
The problem was solved when I took a piece of fabric that almost matched the fabric of her gown and draped it around her shoulders and over her arms. I have done this quite often when a bride with a long train comes to me with bare shoulders and arms. The cape-like effect saved the day and pleased everyone. This portrait was created using two Westcott Spiderlites and a reflector.
Similarly, for the background of this bridal portrait I had two people hold up the back of her wedding gown. The detail of her gown, slightly out of focus, served to create a beautiful setting for her and at the same time showed off some of the detail in the train.
A Studio Visit
A visit by the class to the studio of Maz Mashru was a highlight of the class. Within his very successful studio he has both a low-key and a high-key setup. I was particularly interested in demonstrating some of the techniques I had just picked up myself for creating portraits in a high-key environment. I first got an exposure meter reading of his white background, using a flash on either side. Then, I used a single main light that was two f/stops less than the background exposure. When I exposed for the main light the background went completely white. I even used a fan to blow her hair for a more contemporary look.
The bottom line was that Juliet and Phil, the people in charge of the entire
SWPP organization, were great hosts to my assistant, Jeff, and me. They're
doing a superb job preparing the professional portrait and wedding photographers
of Europe to expand their knowledge, grow, and prosper. Their website is www.swpp.co.uk.
You can contact them directly for more information about joining their organization.
I will be returning to England to teach another educational seminar January 6-9, 2007. Visit www.montezucker.com
On another note, I have recently added these and many more of my recent images to my CD "How'd He Do Dat?" You can order it through my website at: www.montezucker.com.
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