2011 is going to be a year full of change for me. Some changes will be small and some will be huge. I want to start something new for my blog, and I’m calling it the Photo of the Week (er p.o.t.w. for short). I’ll select just one photo and share some insight as to why I ever made the photo in the first place. It could be from a wedding, or it could just be something I made with friends on a nice day. It’s going to be a fun new series to share with y’all.

ISO 50 - 1/25th - f/2.8 @ 20mm

nerdy photo stats: ISO 50 - 1/25th - f/2.8 @ 20mm - westcott 26" softbox

Meet Emily. She’s one of my wedding clients from last year, who opted for a bridal portrait before the wedding. I picked this location because I knew it’d be perfect light on a sunny afternoon, and the unique textures of the floor and walls would be a great contrast against the beauty of a bride in her dress. I love the movement in her dress and her toes. It’s playful, yet elegant.

I dragged the shutter quite a good bit and lit her with the softbox (camera right) to freeze her figure some and provide some contrast to her neckline and arms. If I could do it again, I’d probably ask her to scoot two feet to her left so that her body doesn’t clash with the framing of the windows. Alas, I’ll forgive myself on that account.

Given the fact that I’m 6’3″ and usually sporting a healthy beard, I’m never going to fully understand what it means to a bride when they’re in their wedding dress, but I absolutely love seeing how it transforms them. It may sound silly, but it’s true. That dress transformed her into a model.

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