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A Bride in a Cemetery?
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A Bride in a Cemetery?

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(Above) My beautiful client asked me to create two distinct looks for her bridal portrait session. The first was an outdoor country look with open sky and plenty of trees. The second request I will explain a little further down. We met at a local park in Sarasota where I managed to isolate a slice of its background to create the look I was after. Just for giggles, you need to know that to the right of the frame there was a parking lot and to its left a very busy road. As a wedding photographer in Sarasota, you have to be resourceful in your selection of locations.

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(Above) Same location as the previous frame, but with a modified pose and a little post-production addition of modified color.

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(Above) And now to explain the second request for this bridal portrait session. The request was to create a portrait in a cemetery. Yes, a cemetery! I was thrown back but very up to the challenge. The bride suggested the cemetery and after scouting it out, I saw a lot of potential for an amazing bridal portrait. The white panels were added for added contrast and the illusion of movement in the wind. I created this black and white version because I wanted the viewer to see the drama right away and not be delayed by the color component.

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(Above) The same location, but with a modified pose. This portrait remains in color with an old film look to play into the ‘relic look’ of the portrait.

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(Above) This last portrait has the bride lying atop a grave marker. The lighting and the pose tells the story of a lamenting bride mourning above ‘her dearly departed’. In the end, I looked back through my LCD and was amazed at how well this somber location worked out.

by Angel Navarro Photography

Florida Wedding Photographer
website: http://www.angelnavarrophotography.com
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e-mail: angel@angelnavarrophotography.com
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  • Angel Navarro,
  • July 11, 2012


  • Susan Russ, September 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM | Reply

    This bride has an intense interest in forensic science and aims to make that a career. Her grandmother told me that she has been interested in that area of science since she was a child…it turned out to be a perfect setting for her and she was so happy with the results! Angel did it again!!

  • Mike C. Northrup, August 21, 2012 at 1:32 PM | Reply

    So I’ve got to ask… Why did she pick the cemetery?

    • Angel Navarro, August 22, 2012 at 9:56 AM | Reply

      Interesting question… I believe it was the result of thinking out of the box.

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