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Behind the Photo – Jaw-Dropping Silhouette by Ben Chrisman

August 31, 2015 | carrie

Natalie and Cody's wedding at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, California.

This photo may look familiar as it won an award in our 2014 Best of the Best Wedding Photo Contest. Taken by Ben Chrisman of Chrisman Studios, this haunting silhouette features two people on the edge of what appears to be a gigantic metal barrel. We spent so much time wondering how this shot was captured that we finally decided to reach out to Ben to get the scoop.

Location:

Sebastopol Community Cultural Center in Sebastopol, California

Time:

8:00 PM

Equipment:

Nikon Df, 28 mm lens and off-camera flash

Camera Settings:

3200 ISO, f4 @ 1/200th of a second

The Inspiration:

This photo was taken at Natalie and Cody’s rehearsal dinner. The venue was a normal small town community center, which Erin and I loved because it felt very real. After the speeches, I was walking around outside trying to find another portrait idea and I saw a waiter walk through a doorway inside the room. That gave me the idea to silhouette Natalie and Cody against that door using the outside of the building to frame them within another doorway. However, I then realized that this door was the service entrance to the kitchen, and was being used constantly by the staff. Luckily, there was an exit behind the door we could use. 

Natalie and Cody's wedding at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, California.

So, before we asked Natalie and Cody to come over, I tested the flash on Erin in the doorway. I then ran back outside while Erin grabbed them. 

Natalie and Cody's wedding at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, California.

At first I was trying to use the roof of a car for a reflection to double up the symmetry of the composition. 

Natalie and Cody's wedding at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, California.

But I couldn’t get that to work, so I just pulled out my cell phone and used that instead.

Natalie and Cody's wedding at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, California.

Erin and I love trying to take a normal situation and make it into something unique. And even though this photo wasn’t taken on their wedding day, we still used this as the lead photo for their wedding. This was one of my favorite weddings I’ve ever photographed because Natalie and Cody were just overwhelmingly happy the entire weekend. That is all Erin and I really hope for because the photographs are so fun to take when that amount of love is obvious.

Natalie and Cody's wedding at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, California.

Post Production:

In the end I took 185 photos to get this one shot, and besides cleaning up some of the areas around the door (like the exit sign) in post production, the RAW photo and final photo look identical.

Thanks so much to Ben for sharing his process with us. I would have never guessed that this photo came from a small town community center. How cool is that? If you love Ben’s work, check out his studio’s Junebug portfolio. If you have a cool photo that you’d like to see on Behind the Photo, write to us at editorial(at)junebugweddings.com!

xoxoCarrie5

Junebug Favorites: Top Pics of the Week 8/28/2015

August 28, 2015 | carrie

Photographer-Spotlight-Interview-Roberto-Panciatici-Photography-Junebug-Weddings-24 Photo by Roberto Panciatici

From the soft, airy feel of outdoor weddings to the flashy, editorial look of styled shoots, we had a little bit of everything on the blog this week! It’s so much fun curating a collection of photos that showcase such a range of style and aesthetic. Thanks so much to THEUPPERMOSTTati PinhoJojo Pangilinan PhotographersM2 PhotographyRoberto PanciaticiTodd Hunter McGawErin Hoyt PhotographyShaun Menary PhotographyAlessandro & Veronica RoncaglioneAmanda Basteen PhotographyVilletto PhotographyPedro Vilela Photography for sharing your work with our readers.

Photo by THEUPPERMOST

Destination-Beach-Wedding-Manchebo-Resort-M2-Photography (30 of 30) Photo by M2 Photography

Pastel-Botanical-Wedding-at-Gusto-Da-Gianni-todd-hunter-mcgraw-photographers (13 of 30) Photo by Todd Hunter McGaw

Photographer-Spotlight-Interview-Roberto-Panciatici-Photography-Junebug-Weddings-29 Photo by Roberto Panciatici

Brazilian-Engagement-Session-in-the-Forest-Tati-Pinho (8 of 19) Photo by Tati Pinho

Parisian-Anniversary-Shoot-Alessandro-Veronica-Junebug-Weddings-64 Photo by Alessandro & Veronica Roncaglione

Gemstone-Inspired-Wedding-Nasher-Sculpture-Garden-Jojo-Pangilinan-Photographer (31 of 31) Photo by Jojo Pangilinan Photographers

Brazilian-Engagement-Session-in-the-Forest-Tati-Pinho (11 of 19) Photo by Tati Pinho

Gemstone-Inspired-Wedding-Nasher-Sculpture-Garden-Jojo-Pangilinan-Photographer (4 of 31) Photo by Jojo Pangilinan Photographers

Photographer-Spotlight-Interview-Roberto-Panciatici-Photography-Junebug-Weddings-1 Photo by Roberto Panciatici

Pastel-Botanical-Wedding-at-Gusto-Da-Gianni-todd-hunter-mcgraw-photographers (9 of 30) Photo by Todd Hunter McGaw

Colorful-Wedding-at-Floating-World-Gallery-Erin-Hoyt-Photography (6 of 22) Photo by Erin Hoyt Photography

Understated-Modern-Wedding-at-809-at-Vickery-Shaun-Menary (22 of 22) Photo by Shaun Menary Photography

Parisian-Anniversary-Shoot-Alessandro-Veronica-Junebug-Weddings-46 Photo by Alessandro & Veronica Roncaglione

Parisian-Anniversary-Shoot-Alessandro-Veronica-Junebug-Weddings-3 Photo by Alessandro & Veronica Roncaglione

Brazilian-Engagement-Session-in-the-Forest-Tati-Pinho (7 of 19) Photo by Tati Pinho

Blush-and-Gray-Des-Moines-Wedding-at-Sticks-Amanda-Basteen (23 of 26) Photo by Amanda Basteen Photography

Charming-Hometown-Wedding-at-The-Herlong-Mansion (13 of 27) Photo by Villetto Photography

Portuguese-Bridal-Inspiration-Shoot-at-Pousada-de-Palmela (14 of 21) Photo by Pedro Vilela Photography

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Happy Friday, Junebugs!

xoxoCarrie5

Parisian Anniversary Shoot from Alessandro & Veronica Roncaglione

August 27, 2015 | carrie

Alessandro & Veronica Roncaglione

Please stop everything you are doing right now and join us as we bathe in the soft, golden light of Paris, France. Anniversary shoots are a great way to rekindle the passion and romanticism you experienced when you first got married, and this couple definitely succeeded in doing just that. For their anniversary shoot, Chelsea and Ryan decided to visit the most iconic and romantic spots in Paris with the incredible Alessandro & Veronica Roncaglione for an absolutely gorgeous photo session. The way the light, love, and architecture are captured in their shoot is nothing short of marvelous. Enjoy!

Alessandro & Veronica Roncaglione

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I never truly understood why Paris is known as the city of love until now. Thanks so much to Alessandro and Veronica Roncaglione for sharing such stunning imagery with us. If you love their work as much as we do, be sure to check out their member portfolio for more!

xoxoCarrie5

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