Here Comes the Bride

April 09, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Ever wonder what art school is like? If so, then you are in luck! This blog is dedicated to a class I am currently taking at Nossi College of Art, Wedding Photography. If you are reading this blog, then you must know that wedding photography is not what I normally do. My work usually turns out more masculine and involves dirt or metal in it somehow, so taking soft, romantic, bridal shots has been a learning experience for me! I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it thanks to my great teacher, John Yates, who is a working photographer at Celladora Wedding Photography in Nashville, Tn. Now with that explanation behind us, let's get to the pictures! I will be showing my favorite picture from each shoot we have had so far. 

At the beginning of the semester it was winter. This meant studio time! Our first shoot, we had the privilege of designing the entire concept.  I had a lot of fun setting up the lighting for this shot, with the help of my fellow, creative classmates! Once we figured out the lights, we brought in some sheers and Wha-La I had my shot! 

A few weeks went by and we learned about the business of wedding photography. When winter turned into spring, our teacher got us out shooting a lovely couple! She also wanted a bridal portrait and this was my favorite one. 

I remember how enjoyable they were to photograph, and how great of a day it turned out to be! Below is an example of what we looked like during class. . . pretty funny!

Good times!!

Our next assignment was yet another couple. This time, however, our teacher gave each student a time limit of five minutes. It made things a little more stressful, but hey that's wedding photography for ya! 

Brides aren't the only ones who want individual portraits! This picture also has a story. I only had one minute to get the shot. One of my lovely classmates held a reflector to block the sun and create immediate shade. I never thought of using a reflector that way until this wedding class. Thank you teacher!!

This past week, our instructor set up another shoot for bridal portraits using models, not actual brides. They were great to work with, and we spent a total of 3 hours with them. In the image below, I asked the model to climb up on the bridge in this huge wedding gown, and she cheerfully hopped up there for me! Luckily, It was an easy pose of just laying down. She did a great job and had such a happy attitude! 

While other people were shooting, my friend and I decided we should document all the fun we were having that day! We even managed to use our DSLR's for this picture, thanks to the always amazing and my personal favorite, wide angle lens! 

Well, that does it. If you were curious about what happens at art school, I hoped this answered any questions! I have to say, my college experience has been pretty out of the ordinary and extremely pleasant. Class is never boring, and I am always being challenged to be as creative as I can! Who wouldn't want to go to Nossi?!


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