The making of an image … here’s how it’s done … reflecting in the sunshine!

As I’m editing Claire and Marc’s wedding at The Old Kent Barn, I came across something which I wanted to show you. The sun was exceptionally bright (not complaining at all) and I wanted to find some shade for a couple portrait. The best way to do this is to reflect light into a shady corner and, with the help of one of the guests, this is what we did:

The Old Kent Barn

It’s always great when guests are willing and able to help. This shot took, in total, about two minutes to take with small variations in the posing, with settling the couple in the right position, getting the reflector in the perfect place and the settings right in camera. A little bit of editing to take out the odd mark on the wood behind the couple and it’s picture perfect. Simple but effective. But, there again, I think it would be difficult not to take a gorgeous shot of Claire! The camera settings were f5.6 at 1/160, ISO 200 and taken on my 50mm 1.4 lens which is super for portraits. You can see detail in the dress and the waistcoat and the connection between the couple is obvious. Working with my wedding couples to create images like this is what makes my job so varied and incredibly enjoyable!

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