Anatomy of a Bridal Portrait

OK, here’s the portrait Sarah selected and the scene I was working with.  I moved the poinsettias at the base of the stairs and placed Sarah where she could comfortably rest her elbow on the bottom of the banister.  She was lit by three Nikon SB-800 flashes.  One was directly behind her, pointed at her back to give her that glow, also known as a rim light.  One was placed above and to camera- left on the stairs to give depth and dimension to the staircase, and also act as a bit of a hair light on Sarah.  The last one is on camera right shooting through a 43” Westcott umbrella for a nice soft main light, in a loop lighting pattern.  The image was shot with a Nikon D3 with the 70-200 f2.8 lens.  I wanted to compress the background, so I actually opened the front door and stood out on the porch (shooting through the door) so that I could use the telephoto end of the lens.  All flashes were controlled by an SB-900 on the camera in Commander Mode, and triggered with RadioPoppers.  I had an AWESOME time photographing Sara…what a beautiful bride!


  1. by Lara on January 11, 2011  2:49 pm Reply

    You have an amazing eye for photography! Just amazing!

  2. by Kellie McCann on January 11, 2011  2:50 pm Reply

    Great Loop Lighting my "David Ziser" of Charleson :) Nice portrait!

  3. by Chrissy on January 11, 2011  2:50 pm Reply

    Beautiful!!! Great job!

  4. by Lara on January 11, 2011  2:51 pm Reply

    WOW! That is one beautiful dress and the photo...... :)

  5. by Patrick on January 11, 2011  2:52 pm Reply

    Gorgeous shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. by admin on January 11, 2011  3:10 pm Reply

    Thanks everyone! Much appreciated!!!

  7. by Eldora Geisinger on March 17, 2011  1:56 pm Reply

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