Whether or not a wedding couple has opted for a first look before their wedding ceremony I always like to try and steal them away during their cocktail hour for a few additional portraits as a newly married couple.At this wedding at the Mallard Island Yacht Club I was able to have a few moments with the bride and groom before their entrance into cocktail hour. I deliberately chose to position the bride and groom against the dark background of the trees so that the light in the bride’s veil would appear more prominent. I also chose to compose the image deliberately to include the dramatic clouds that were rolling in.I knew that I only had a few moments before the bride and groom exited for their cocktail hour so I had to work quickly!One of the things that I am constantly striving to educate new clients on is my skill with regards to speed and efficiency during the portrait session of the wedding couple. I know that photographs on the wedding day are secondary to the couple actually experiencing their wedding so I try and make the portrait session as effectively effortless as possible.I also understand that most clients are uncomfortable in front of the camera and one of my main goals is to make my clients as relaxed around me as possible! (In fact, most clients open one of our first conversations with the phrase "We are terrible in front of the camera!" Spoiler alert : they never actually are!) I find that this translates into much more natural looking photographs of the couple together and much happier clients on the day of the wedding!If you're getting married at Mallard, I'd love to talk to you about your portrait options on the wedding day! Whether or not you're doing a "first look", there are many beautiful locations for wedding day portraits. I'd love to hear more about your day, and help you create a timeline that allows us to utilize Mallard's beautiful scenery for as many photographs as possible!