The Princess & Her Prince: Sarah & Tom Bricker

Walt Disney World Resort

Magic Kingdom

Main Street, USA

 

This is one of my favorite shots from our trip (and Sarah's #1 shot by far - so much so that she had me post it as the main image on our wedding website, AyresBricker.com). One of my goals for the trip was to take pictures of us that were more portrait-style and not just a static image with us randomly in the frame somewhere. By their very nature, some of these shots would hint at Walt Disney World, rather than scream it.

 

I think this is one such shot that I accomplished that goal very well. I love the composition, and I think the pose looks genuine, rather than being canned. This shot also doesn't suffer from flash/white balance problems that many other Main Street shots had. I think the yellow glow of the lights in this shot work well. So well, in fact, that after I corrected the white balance of the background, I went back and scrapped the changes.

 

However, realizing that not all shots will be like this one, I broke down and ordered some CTO flash gels today. This is yet another step towards 'taking my photography up a notch' that I told myself I would never take. That's how this all started, in fact. I had a point and shoot, and I told myself I'd never get a DSLR, they're too big. Then I told myself I wouldn't get an external flash, too 'involved'. Then I told myself I wouldn't get another lens, the 18-200 should have been enough. The story goes on and on. Unfortunately, I am exceedingly competitive and I am not satisfied with anything short of perfection. That works well for some things in life, but it hasn't been a good personality trait for my wallet...

 

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Taken on August 17, 2009