This classic wedding portrait developed from one of my favorite images of Nicole and Chris’ wedding. Nicole and Chris were wed last year at the Wahconah Country Club in Dalton, Massachusetts.
This final image evolved into the fine art portrait you see above from a simple photograph of the bride and groom kissing after the cake smash. The original photo I took during the wedding reception can be seen below.
The cake smash was suggested by the wedding DJ instead of a traditional dollar dance. With the cake smash, the Maid of Honor and the Best Man go from table to table collecting on behalf of the Bride or Groom.
The Maid of Honor collects money on behalf of the Bride, while the Best Man collects money on behalf of the Groom. The side that is presented with the most has the honor of smashing the cake in the other person’s face. From the image above you can see that the Bride won!
This photograph captures the moment just before the actual kiss. This moment of the couple just about to kiss creates just the right amount of photographic tension. The Bride is reluctantly leaning forward, and you kind of wonder if she is going to kiss the Groom or not.
You kind of imagine that if she does kiss him it will be light peck rather than a passionate embrace. His face, after all, he is covered in the cake that she just smashed all over his face.
Before I created the final image that you see above, there was an intermediate image that I first produced. I took the original photograph and added some shading and vignetting to isolate the bride and groom form all of the distractions in the background of the photograph.
The image looked great, but I was not really satisfied with it. It was missing something, it needed something else to be a truly great fine art wedding portrait. As I stared at the image I had created, I thought it needed a little bit more intimacy and something a bit more artistic.
I went back to the image and cropped it tighter, zooming in on their faces. I also added a paint brush texture and canvas painting texture to give it more of a fine art painting look.
The final image below has a classic look to it. The photograph developed from a fun wedding photo to a timeless fine art wedding portrait.
The image adjustments you see here demonstrate the care and artistry that we use with all of our photographs at Ken’s Portrait Photography.
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