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Natural black and white wedding portraits

Modern wedding portraits aren't as stiff as their older counterparts. While we spend much of the day working in a very documentary style, our modern portraits are beloved by our clients. Creating images that show the tender love and affection between the people getting married is exactly what we love doing, so much so that we generally ask for at least 30 minutes of solo time to work with the couple. (More time is always better, particularly if there's space on the timeline to get ready a little earlier in order to have more time for a first look, casual portraits, and family formals.) Like everyone we do our best work when we are given the opportunity to succeed: in the wedding world, this means giving us time. By extending your day's timeline slightly you will give yourself the space to breathe, and avoid feeling rushed or overstimulated. This can be especially important for couples with a large wedding party, as the added stress of wrangling all of your friends can be detrimental to your romantic portraits. (Incidentally this is why we love the growing trend of skipping a wedding party entirely; your friends can still experience and participate in your wedding day, but it removes the stressful and competitive element of who your closest friends are and how they interact with each other. If nothing else, keeping the wedding party to just one or two attendants can be a major win for keeping a calm and stress free day.)

The composition of this image utilizes white space and a soft black and white treatment to create a timelessly modern feeling. The diagonal slash of the groom's arm creates a leading line that pulls your gaze down to the bride's arm, and then back up to her face and then his profile nestled into her temple. The intricate necklace and soft curls of her hair mimic her gentle smile, while the sharp edges of his bowtie give the shot some graphic punch.

Location: Hyatt Regency Pier 66, 2301 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316.

1/250; f/3.5; ISO 2000; 120.0 mm.