I was recently contacted to do some bridal portraits at Fall's Park in Greenville SC. The bride was gorgeous, and we got some amazing shots!! Of course, being an artist first and a photographer second, I always find that the outtakes are my personal favorites from almost any shoot that I do. The first 2 photographs posted are in a different caliber of bridal photography in my opinion. They are fresh..they are inspiring...and they can elicit an emotional response or connection from almost any viewer in my opinion, but they have a special meaning to those that will really connect with that style.
I wanted to create something classic and meaningful for these pictures, so I chose to show the waterfall in motion as opposed to the many waterfall portraits I've seen where the action of the water is stopped. The movement of the water is important to the atmosphere for a Bridal Portrait-It shows a continuity through life and rushes and wanes accordingly. It comes against rocks and barriers, yet the water still continues to flow. The first photograph shown is one of my favorite works in a long time. The dress mimics the flow of water and the candidness of the shot captures a very raw and care-free beauty.
Fall's Park is a beautiful and breathtaking spot especially for Bridal Portraits or Wedding Photography. It's located in the middle of the town of Greenville in SC. The waterfall is literally 2 blocks away from City Hall, and it is an extremely popular spot! The city of Greenville has events scheduled downtown Wednesdays-Sundays, so the best time for this location is on a Monday or Tuesday. Even then it can be difficult to navigate the people. If you are planning an important shoot here, I would highly recommend speaking with Megan Earney in the Parks and Recreation office to get set up to have your spots reserved.
For the photogs and strobists:
For most of these images we used 3 off camera sb 700's in rear curtain sync. One is camera right about 15-20 feet away from the bride, the main light is camera left and modified with a large shoot-thru umbrella, and the 3rd is a backlight we eventually put up to create a separation between the bride and the background. I used a Nikon D-600 with the 85mm f1.8. My settings varied as the light changed, but I stayed around 1 sec and my aperture was all over the place. I started at f16 and by the end of the night was around f2. Note: I did not use a ND filter for any of these images. When the light was gone, of course there was a difficult time focusing on the subject, so my assistant used a flash light to shine on her face while I put the camera in live view and zoomed in to manually focus in on her.
Thank you so much William Folsom and Danny Brecheisen for helping with lighting and smooth shooting!
Fine Art Wedding Photographer
Rock Hill SC
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