Susan Stripling Photography
The Merion Wedding PhotographersI used to hate limos on wedding days. I get dizzy in cars easily, I get disoriented because I usually end up seated backwards so that I can photograph the bride and groom easier, and the spaces are almost always overcrowded and overheated. Once I learned to embrace the chaos I started really loving this part of the day and striving to make more and more creative images. While en route to her wedding reception at the Merion in Cinnaminson, New Jersey, the bride and groom rode in a limo with a fantastically warped mirrored ceiling. When we pulled into the parking lot at the Merion I knew that I had a great opportunity to make an excellent photograph. I waited unti the groom got out of the limo and came around to open the door for his bride. The second the door opened the light poured in and illuminated the bride’s face. I also love the split-second expression that passed across her face when she looked out of the door and saw her groom waiting for her. Knowing that this moment was about to occur meant that I had a second to prepare myself. I got down low on the floor of the limo with my 24-70mm lens at 24mm and focused on the bride’s face, metering for what I knew would be the final exposure settings when the door opened and the sun poured in. I also chose such a low angle so that I could get the many reflections of the bride in the limo ceiling.
Location: 1301 U.S. 130, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077.Keywords: Cinnaminson (12), The Merion (12). 1/160; f/4.5; ISO 400; 24.0 mm.