I find that the better you get to know the people you work with, the better your imagery is going to be. We have conversations, hopefully over dinner and drinks but at least over the phone. I base the locations (yes, often more than one location) on places and backgrounds
My bride's name is Crystal and she LOVES modern art. We chose the NC Museum of Art for her bridals and because of all the reflective surfaces and the glass, the light there does very interesting things. Crystal has the most beautiful ebony skin tone and I noticed in this one corner, she went into a deep, deep silhouette but her crystal earring and veil picked up amazing details from the light bouncing everywhere. I took the image into Lightroom, converted it to black and which, pushed the contract, worked some editing magic, brought back the detail in her very sexy lips, the earring and the veil. This held so true to Crystal love of modern art. We have a ton of images from the day and I have a lot of favorites, as does she. What's the point in delivering 25 good images? I want to knock your socks off and leave you stunned! You are beautiful and should feel that way.
I am thrilled to say this image was my first Fearless Award winning photograph!Award Winner (21), Black and White (135), Bridal Session (210), Bride (171), Crystal (12), Detail (189), Earring (15), Fearless Award Winner (24), NC (636), NC Museum of Art (27), Raleigh (72), Silhouette (57). 1/400; f/1.2; ISO 100; 85.0 mm.