Putting together a Fashion Bridal Gown Photo Shoot.
I recently had the pleasure of working with a superb creative team. I was asked to produce a location bridal fashion photo shoot for the London based Lousie Bentley Gowns.
They needed new images for their social media and marketing campaigns and branding. The County of Suffolk in East Anglia has a multitude of ancient and picturesque churches dotted around its lovely countryside. So once I’d decided to use a church as a backdrop, it was then down which one to choose. I scouted dozens of beautiful period churches, but none quite matched what I had in mind until I came across the beautiful St. Andrew’s Church in Winfield, deep in the heart of Suffolk. The church’s foundations were built in 1362 surviving a very checked period during the 16th century when the area was at its most prosperous and in the hands of the De La Poles, the Dukes and Earls of Suffolk. The De La Pole public house opposite the church proved a perfect spot to lunch and coffees during the day.
This church allowed us the right amount of space within to move around comfortable and also gave me three to four different areas for shooting options. There was also a nice little area for the model and Make-up and hair team to do their stuff. Finding the right model for all bridal fashions is crucial, she obviously need to have a certain look and feel for the shoot, but she also, and importantly I feel, she needs to have a good stature and poise too, the shoot definitely hangs together better once the look and the overall aesthetic all work together. Luckily after viewing a large number of models for the shoot, I came across Ellie, who I thought had just the right look and feel that I was after. Ellie also worked perfectly with MUA Karen and the hairstylist Dao, pulling the look together.
I was given five of the designers best selling dresses and tasked with coming up with a series of images for each dress; the dresses all had different styles from each other. The fabrics all gorgeous, high quality, and sewn together with perfection, looked terrific.
The Dresses ready for the our photo shoot.
While the girls were busy in one corner of the church, I had my two assistances Jae and Oliver construct two different lighting set-ups in the North section of the church. As the shoot was taking place in January, the natural light coming into the church was of limited quality, I’d had hoped for a brighter day, but I’d already prepared myself with for this situation. I had decided to experiment using a combination of 2x Profoto B1 portable strobes lighting paired with 2x LED Lupo continuous lights. Alongside these, I had a large two-sided V-Flat reflector that I could move around the model when needed. I used the V-Flat to bounce light from the strobes and any daylight back on to the model and dress, the strobes also acted to soften the shadows and counter-balance the hard light-source coming from the LED continuous lights. I also made use of smoke cans to evoke a little atmosphere whilst also adding some texture to the images. We managed to photographed all the dresses on the day, but some situations took longer than we anticipated, which is on most occasions part of the course, but we did managed to finished the whole shoot.
The finally touch for our shoot was to film a behind the scenes short video, which was expertly filmed and edited by Jeremy Guiehiemm. You can the video here,.
Ellie Goodwin Model
Karen MacKintosh MAU
Dao Muendorn Hairstylist
Jae Storer Camera asstance
Ollie Raven Lighting asstance
Shiene Mann Beauty & Nails
Jeremy Gugenheim Videographer