Susan Stripling Photography
Wedding Photography at WinterthurEvery wedding photographer has their favorite lens. While I have a lot of lenses that I favor depending on what I’m shooting, my favorite portrait lenses to use when shooting a bridal portrait are the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 and the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. For an outdoor, full-length portrait I absolutely always favor the 70-200mm lens as close to 200mm as possible. I love the compression at that 70-200mm focal length, it’s so flattering. There are many elements that go into making a compelling portrait of a bride and lens selection is one of them. The second is the lighting. While I tend to favor bright, dramatic lighting scenarios I am always open for finding something new and beautiful. At this Hotel duPont wedding I found a gorgeous patch of dappled light at Gibraltar Gardens. I love the light here because it creates a natural vignette, pushing the eye of the viewer towards the bride. I love the gentle grace of her movement and the simplicity of the portrait juxtaposed with the brittle lines of the trees and the splotchiness of the dappled light. It was a beautiful time of day to be outside with a beautiful bride to photograph! After the portrait session we headed back to the Hotel duPont to finish the day in their stunning gold ballroom. Good light and a good venue? Sounds like the recipe for a perfect day!
Location: 1405 Greenhill Ave, Wilmington, DE 19806.Keywords: Hotel DuPont (18), Wilmington (18), Winterthur (9). 1/400; f/4.0; ISO 400; 155.0 mm.