Mandarin Oriental Soho Wedding Photographer
Susan Stripling Photography

Mandarin Oriental Soho Wedding Photographer

I love that in any situation there are dozens of ways to see it, shoot it, light it, compose it, and process it. I tend to favor a clean, crisp approach to my wedding day photography and a clear, natural way of processing the files. I am also drawn to seeing a scene in a new, graphically interesting way. At this 2013 wedding at the Mandarin Oriental Soho in Manhattan the bride was getting her hair and makeup done in her suite. The makeup artist had seated her near a window and the bride was drinking a cocktail while getting ready for her wedding ceremony. I immediately saw that there was a really interesting compositional choice if I used my Nikon 85mm lens. It was the perfect focal length to allow me to include both the bride, makeup artist, dark space around the window, and reflection in the table. I love that even though the image is in color it’s practically black and white due to the stark contrast - but the drink adds a delightful pop of natural color!

Location: 9 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10013.

Keywords: Mandarin Oriental Soho (6), New York City (207). 1/1600; f/2.2; ISO 100; 85.0 mm.