West Bend Wedding Bride's Preparations at Riveredge Nature Center - Ashley

September 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Ashley's bridal preparation portraits at Riveredge Nature Center in West Bend, Wisconsin are a perfect example of my mission to make great portraits regardless of location or conditions -- something that's worth every penny.

Bridal portraits took place in a small shed called the chicken coop. It's not a place for brides, just a place where the center stores stuff and apparently has some children's activities. With creative photography, it became a beautiful setting for intimate and fun wedding portraits.

west bend wisconsin wedding photographer bridal portraitsAshley's Bridal PreparationsBride gets buttoned up at Riveredge Nature Center wedding in West Bend, Wisconsin. joelnisleitphotography.com Above I simply cover the maid of honor buttoning up the bride bringing in some light from the left. You can already see some of the detail of the dress.

 

west bend wisconsin wedding photographer bridal portraitsAshley's Bridal PreparationsBride gets buttoned up at Riveredge Nature Center wedding in West Bend, Wisconsin. joelnisleitphotography.com As soon as I saw the standing floor mirror Ashley brought from home, my heart swelled with joy. I knew I had an element for some cool portraits. My assistant Jasmine held an Ice Light from the side.

 

west bend wisconsin wedding photographer earringsBride Looking Into Old MirrorAt Riveredge Nature Center in West Bend, Wisconsin, Ashley makes sure her earrings are on just right as she looks into an old mirror she brought to the chicken coop. joelnisleitphotography.com

Isn't Ashley glamorous? So beautiful and happy, what a precious moment now etched in her personal family history.

If I have time, I do like to photograph details off-figure, if the bride wants it. But you've seen those a hundred times, so instead below are some details with a heartbeat.

clutch purse west bend wedding photographerBride's Feathered ClutchAt Riveredge Nature Center in West Bend, Wisconsin, Ashley cradles a feathered clutch she brought as an accessory for her wedding ensemble. joelnisleitphotography.com So you can guess what's more interesting: a shot of the purse by itself on a chair, or a shot of it in the bride's hands. I'm not putting together a catalog. I'm making personal history into a photographic story.

bridal comb west bend wisconsin wedding photographerBridal CombDetail of Ashley wearing her bridal comb at Riveredge Nature Center, West Bend, Wisconsin. joelnisleitphotography.com

Above is an even more cool and artistic, high-key portrait of Ashley featuring her bridal comb. Of course, I have off-figure shots of the comb on a wooden chair, but I still think this is more likely to end up in the album than a catalog shot of an accessory.

 

west bend wisconsin wedding photographer wedding dress detailWedding Dress DetailAshley shows off that wedding dress detail at Riveredge Nature Center, West Bend, Wisconsin. joelnisleitphotography.com

What you don't see: My assistant and I moved some tables and chairs out of the way so we had some clean backgrounds for portraits. I'm not afraid of anything that takes time.

And rest assured many documentarians wouldn't touch a scene for fear of "contaminating the purity of the photojournalism" (bleck).

The time taken making sure I have clean backgrounds and good light pays off in spades especially when the location to begin with offers next to nothing for portrait opportunities.

Photojournalism, schmotojournalism. I'd rather fix the image before it goes into the camera, not after.

Joel Nisleit Self PortraitJoel Nisleit Self PortraitSelf portrait of studio owner Joel Nisleit. Joel's skills enable him to capture portraits like this in any location, from home to a parking garage.

Joel Nisleit photographs people from all walks of life who would like their wedding photographed as a fairy tale instead of a documentary. Contact me today so I can serve the aesthetic and historical significance of your wedding.


 

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