One of the biggest challenges for the professional photographer is being able to capture the delicate highlights and texture of the color white. When a client ask me to photograph their winter wedding in the white mountains of New Hampshire I knew I would have a few challenges to overcome.
In wedding photography you move quickly to and from environments with extremes of light and color and I have learned to constantly be working out the angles and lighting for one location while shooting at another. Part of this process is to walk the various locations and find places that have pleasing backgrounds and the best possible lighting.
There was a very large white deck along the back of the building with a look and texture that captured the timeless beauty of the hotel. This would be the backdrop for the final formals of the day. Between the extreme cold and the couples desire to get to the reception, I knew my time would be limited. The bride was wearing a white fur jacket and the individual hairs contain a lot of fine detail to capture. There was also delicate detail in the white post behind her and keeping the rough texture of the post from being overexposed adds a 3 dimensional feel to the image.
My desire for these images was simple. Make the couple softly blend into the background. Soft light is your friend when trying to maintain detail when photographing white. As luck would have it, the day was overcast providing a quality light with almost no shadow. By careful selection of exposure and a small amount of fill flash, I was able to get a very natural look to the image while keeping the delicate whites of the jacket properly exposed. With proper planning, images can be captured quickly in challenging environments allowing both clients and photographer a relaxing and memorable day.