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When I see a bride all prettied up with a veil or long dress, I think Cinderella. And I don’t know why I think Cinderella because she didn’t have maids. She was a maid, whose step sisters treated her like crap.
But Cinderella did have helpful fairy godmothers and birds who magically whipped together a stunning gown and made sure Cinderella was perfect, and I guess that’s where my idea of bridesmaids fussing over the bride comes from. Plus, it’s something bridesmaids actually do.
So bridesmaids helping the bride are some of my favorite pictures. I used backlighting for a couple of reasons. One, it’s easier than trying to light a group of people any other way. Direct sun causes dark, squinty eyes, and big lights take time to set up and dial in.
Second, backlight emphasizes texture in translucent objects (like veils), plus it provides a dramatic pop against a dark background. That doesn’t mean I always shoot a veil backlit. In fact, I try to incorporate the veil many different ways.
Many photographers use backlight to get flare in their images, either out of ignorance or on purpose in an attempt to copy what seems to be a popular look. Most of the flare I see is just classically bad photography that people will regret 20 years from now, so I avoid it when possible.
Joel Nisleit is a Hartford wedding photographer who focuses on classical wedding portraits for real couples with real weddings. Contact me today so I can serve the aesthetic and historical significance of your wedding.