1/160 f/2.8 ISO 2500 24-70mm
This is Chloe as she is starting to get ready. When I first get to the bride’s house or hotel room, I always take 5 or 10 minutes to have a look around for the best possible spots to take photos. I loved this formal room in Chloe’s parents house. It had beautiful natural window light and had a sense of dimension – the room had this beautiful mirror you can see as well as other opportunities for reflections and depth.
Chloe’s mum had placed the veil on a wooden hat stand and when I came in offered to move it. I loved it and thought it could work lovely as a prop in the photos. I love using veils in the bridal prep photos as they have such a delicate feminine quality. So, I draped the veil across the lounge (which is cropped out).
This image is in no way posed. I simply asked Chloe where to stand. And, this is how I like to photograph the bride’s prep – choosing the spots to shoot, letting the bride know which direction to stand and then, letting it unfold naturally.
I love this photo for many reasons. Firstly, Chloe looks beautiful. The image is feminine and natural. And, there is depth – this has been created by having some foreground of Chloe, then the veil, then Chloe’s reflection in the mirror and finally with the archways.