Today marks the beginning of a marriage being both pledged and celebrated at Big Spring Fram just outside of Lexington Virginia. We’re so thrilled to be photographing Michael & Kaitlyn, as they’ve already walked down the isle, pledged their vows and are currently partying their first married night away.
This post features Kaitlyn’s bridal portraits, which we took several weeks ago at Big Spring Farm. It’s always such a treat to be able to have a bride in her gown, on location with no time restraints – giving the utmost creative potential. So, after a three hour drive from our offices, and a much longer drive for Kaitlyn, from Charlotte, North Carolina, we began our bridal session… however we arrived on scene a few hours before our client so that we could explore the property and take some fun photographs of this remarkable farm.
We knew right away that we needed to incorporate these soft berries into the session, mixing the elegant with the wild. We decided to start by carefully placing Kaitlyn in front of this rusty wire fence, while delicately layering the prickly berries into the scene. As elegantly graceful as love is, it is also fierce and wild in nature. Mixing contrasting elements that connect to an emotional truth that exists within our subject is a key feature in the portraits we create.
We’re always looking for the more brilliant ways to expand our creative horizon for our clients. The following photograph was created by utilizing what’s known as the Brenizer method. This is one of the rarer techniques in the wedding photography world as however truly complex it is, it’s results are all the more breathtaking.
“I really had to work hard for this one, which included jumping from the main land onto a very small rock island in the pond, then maneuvering to the farthest possible edge of the small rock formation, and sort of laying down on the rocks. I’m not sure if this method is well known, but it’s achieved by taking a grid of photos, up and down, from left to right at the widest possible aperture and the farthest possible focal length, and brought together in photoshop with a stitching process, much like a traditional panorama. In short, the very next photograph is actually 44 photos stitched together to make one – shot at 50mm with a f/1.2 aperture.” -Tim
Just as an earlier photograph, the following was created utilizing what’s known as the Brenizer method, only this one was shot at 200mm with a f/2.8 aperture and required Tim to lay flat on his stomach under a willow tree to achieve the most flattering & engaging point of view.
Kaitlyn was wonderfully adventurous during our session. It was quite chilly in the mountains that evening and the wind was rather fierce at this point, but she held in there like a WWII battlefield angel. We actually really enjoy how the fierce mountain elements gave her the untamed and wild appearance seen in the following images. It matches her love for Michael quite well.
There you have it! Kaitlyn’s bridal portraits on her glorious wedding day. It’ll take a good little while for us to process the thousands of images we’re composing throughout today, but we’ll update this post with a link to these wedding day photographs as soon as they’re finished.