Susan Stripling Photography
Belle Mer Wedding PhotographersThere are so, so many ways to take a bridal portrait. You can bring out the studio lights, flash heads, reflectors, umbrellas, and grids. You can rely entirely on natural light. You can do a combination of both. At many of the weddings that I photograph I have dedicated time for bridal portraits, and it’s such a wonderful time of the day. I love spending time one-on-one with the bride and photographing her alone. At this 2013 Belle Mer wedding in Newport, Rhode Island, I only had a few moments alone with this bride before her outdoor wedding ceremony on the Ocean Lawn overlooking Narragansett Bay. I used the beautiful whitewashed floors of the Belle Mer Loft as my simple background, and the light from the massive windows as my light source. I also used my go-to lens for bridal portraits like this, the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 lens at f/1.4 Focusing carefully on the eyes and letting the rest of the image fade away is my favorite way to approach this style of bridal portrait. I love the sweet, serene expression on the bride’s face and the tiny peek of detailing on her Lazaro gown.
Location: 2 Goat Island, Newport, RI 02840.Keywords: Belle Mer (30), Flowers by Semia (30), Newport (30), Rhode Island (36), Vanderbilt Grace (30). 1/320; f/1.4; ISO 100; 85.0 mm.