Jennifer’s Bridal Photography in Provo’s Castle

A bride is framed by trees for this photograph

A bride is framed by trees for this photograph

Being a wedding photographer is a “catch 22.” People want to see your wedding photography and your bridal photography before they ever consider to have you be a wedding photographer. But if you haven’t photographed a bride how do you show off the photographs?

You beg brides who have recently been married to pose for some bridal photographs. And so I photographed Jennifer – who was married back in January. We picked the Provo Castle for our backdrop – that gives us access to the castle and to the orchards.

An orchard plays a perfect scene for bridal photography

An orchard plays a perfect scene for bridal photography

And we were lucky that there were apples on the trees – there were also a ton of deer as well. But they were too far away for the photographs. How cool would that be for a bridal portrait with an apple on the tree and deer surrounding our bride? Very Snow White indeed.

This photograph was taken with natural light

This photograph was taken with natural light

For most of the photographs we used a softbox to provide some light. I love to have the sun as a backlight and the softbox to act as a fill light. However, for some of our last shots we went all natural light and ditched the softbox. Variety is the name of the game in bridal photography.

A bride picks an apple for the photograph (she didn't really pick the apple)

A bride picks an apple for the photograph (she didn't really pick the apple)

It is called acting. We didn’t pick the apples – we didn’t want to disrespect the orchard.

The Provo Castle has such cool stone work for cool photography texture

The Provo Castle has such cool stone work for cool photography texture

You can take photographs virtually anywhere – because it is the person that is the subject of the photograph. Backgrounds or the environment where you photograph is secondary and shouldn’t distract from the bride.

I used a special Photoshop plugin to create this black and white bridal photograph

I used a special Photoshop plugin to create this black and white bridal photograph

I love the Nik Software plugin called Silver Efex Pro. Why? It helps me create custom black and white images that kick things up a notch. Armatures will just desaturate an image – I want full control and Silver Efex Pro gives me the control.

A very stylized photograph with sharp contrast to emphasize texture

A very stylized photograph with sharp contrast to emphasize texture

Sometimes you want a very stylized look – it doesn’t work all the time – but here it works great. I love the punchy look.

I created a digital lens flare to add to the sun's flare - for a very golden look

I created a digital lens flare to add to the sun's flare - for a very golden look

Sun flare used to be frowned on – and for good reason. But it can be used artistically – and this works.

Light and trees frame our bride for this photograph

Light and trees frame our bride for this photograph

This is a black and white version of the first photograph in the blog post

This is a black and white version of the first photograph in the blog post

Above we have another bridal photograph that was turned black and white using the Silver Efex Pro.

The orchard provided such a gorgeous backdrop for our bride

The orchard provided such a gorgeous backdrop for our bride

After I delivered these photographs to Jennifer, the bride, she emailed me back very excited:
You are simply amazing! I just want to scream for my joy!

That is why I love being a photographer – I love to see the reaction people have when they see my photography.

Light is the name of the game in photography.  Sun and a softbox were our tools.

Light is the name of the game in photography. Sun and a softbox were our tools.

Sun rays light our bride as the trees frame the photograph

Sun rays light our bride as the trees frame the photograph

It was really cool to have red ripe apples in the orchard. They added a touch of color and even acted as a prop to the photographs. In the spring I would love to photograph when the the trees have flowers blooming.

Apples were on the trees for this autumn bridal session

Apples were on the trees for this autumn bridal session

When you have the chance to use a "prop" like an apple - use it

When you have the chance to use a prop like an apple - use it

I love adding texture to photographs – you can easily overdo textures in photographs but using sparely they can add extra dimension to a photo.

Texture and black and white create a classic looking bridal photograph

Texture and black and white create a classic looking bridal photograph

Black and white is cool - but color will always rule the day for photographs

Black and white is cool - but color will always rule the day for photographs

Thank you so much for checking out the blog post – please tell people about my wedding photography blog. And contact me if you want bridal photography.

dav.d

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October 11, 2010 - 10:43 am

Alicia Jones - I love this location but I had a question. Did you get permission to do the photoshoot there or is the mental hospital grounds all public access?

March 20, 2011 - 11:48 pm

Chad Harrison - Hey David! This is Chad Harrison from Snippits Photography. We’ve made a list of good places to take pictures in and around Provo. We knew that the Provo Castle was a good spot, but we haven’t taken pictures there, so we linked to this post for some example shots. Hopefully that’s alright. Here’s the post: http://harrison16201.c3.cmdwebsites.com/blog/?p=134

October 24, 2011 - 10:09 am

Family Photography at the Provo Orchard with the Petersons | dav.d photography - [...] crazies, zombies, carnies, and little people ). I have previously photographed Jennifer for some bridals at the Provo Castle and the Orchards. I had also photographed Sophie when she was a newborn [...]

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