We’ve all been there… Crowded hotel rooms. Dated wall paper. You name it.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my brides, mothers and even other vendors, “Don’t worry, I got this. I promise these distractions (insert: Forever21 bags, Startbucks cups, plastic dress covers, etc) are invisible. You won’t even know they’re here… Just have a little faith.”
Sometimes we have to be magicians and see things people can’t see. Well for the purpose of this post we don’t see things others see.
Here’s what I mean…
Walking into a small, dark hotel room filled with 6 bridesmaids, 3 hair stylists and one make up artist (one of the bridesmaids) along with a boyfriend delivering Starbucks, mothers popping in and out… it was packed!
Yep, I found the best and only good lighting in the room near the window, cleared a small portion of the bed, and collected the details to shoot. Standing at an angle to allow the best light to shine through I literally zoomed up at zeroed in on the shoes!
This is what I came up with…
Although the white bed spread was classic and clean the soft pink and texture of the bridesmaids shawls made the perfect backdrop!
Driving on the way to the church (as a passenger) I completely forgot to photograph the boutonnieres! In a panic I shot them on my lap!
Using the flat surface of their guest book (an album I created using their engagement pictures!) I placed it under my dress and ruffled the fabric to give it some depth.
I get it… I used to look at other photographers and envy their wedding venues. Dream about those magical locations and ceremonies. Have a little faith that they also make the best of every situation!
Check your surroundings, find the light, clear a small space and work your magic.
I believe in the power of working with what you got!
Best of luck!