Despite the fact that I wasn't working in the studio that day, my training as a City Headshots photographer didn't stay back in New York. Before the announcement of the bridal party and its accompanying speeches at the reception, my boyfriend and I hit that first "let's take a selfie" marker of the day. And here's where the "mad skillz" came into play, we professionals term it.
Alex wanted to get a shot of the meadow and pond in the background while we were standing under the reception pavilion. However, I knew that since the sunlight was bathing the outdoor area, and not hitting underneath the pavilion, the background would look washed out, or overexposed. I also knew that since no handy City Headshots soft box would be hitting our faces with soft light, we would appear backlit-- and not in a flattering way. He still wanted to give it a try, though, and lo and behold, this was our selfie:
By having the available light source behind us, the background appeared too bright and our faces weren't properly lit. See how dark our eyes look? Also notice the slightly lower angle as well as the less-flattering sides of our faces. Not the best selfie ever.
I then suggested that we turn, back up farther into the pavilion, and take the picture with the pavilion in the background. That way the sunlight would be hitting our faces at about a 45 degree angle, which would eliminate any shadowing under our eyes from an intense light source directly above us. We turned to our more flattering sides and I took the photo at a slightly higher angle.
Boom! The improvement is drastic:
x Lee Ann