I've been receiving more questions from beginner photographer about posing and lighting than general questions from brides. Here's some free advice:
use window lighting:
Window light, with INDIRECT sunlight will give you the most dramatic and beautiful quality of light. This creates a natural high contrast called chiaroscuro. It means bright and dark. This is the secret of creating my style of photography.
Since there's a single direction of light, the light has to face your bride at a 45 degree angle. Place your subject at two to three feet away from the light, expose for the highlight, and not the overall area, and make sure her face and one shoulder is toward the light.
This technique gives texture, depth and dimension, flattering your beautiful bride.
Rembrandt used this technique.
He had one room with one small window. most his portraits looked like this because that's where he always painted.
if it worked for him, that's good enough for me...
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