There is something in photography workshops that really speaks to me. I always feel like it is a little bit like coming to the art gallery and looking at paintings and trying to draw them. This process learning from those who have mastered the art of photography never ceases to amaze me.
Of course, then there is a matter of what to practice on, because no matter how well you can click your buttons if something in front of you is not aesthetically pleasing I doubt the picture will. Suppose there is Photoshop, but that is a very different type of masterclass!
For this workshop hosted by Meghan K. Sadler and organised by Wedding Blues I was presented with a challenge of not having the designer on set. Ira Ruban was styling and with her stuck in Vienna I was given strict instructions on what the result should be. Lots of emails later in the dead of night we managed to work through the concept and how she saw it - from cat tails in flower arrangements to large oval-shaped dining table just for two.We chose mismatched brass, vintage re-upholstered French dining chairs, lots of candles and gold cutlery to complete the picture.
Ira was inspired by the elegance of the British countryside, so well reflected in many many literary works like Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice and Withering Heights. Simplicity, elegance, but understated grandeur were what we wanted to shine through. Contrasting features of Nonsuch Mansion, French doors, paneling and antique cast iron fireplace really helped me nail the concept.
If you have ever worked on a workshop, you also know that you really don't have the freedom and time a creative shoot has and you need to pick 2-3 scenes which will need to be de-clattered and have multiple angles to be shot from.
The bride wore a simple dress with clean lines and wore her hair in a neat do, which I though really complemented the look and feel of the shoot. The groom went for earth-tones and cheeky unbuttoned shirt - isn't this what you always imagined your book characters to be?
Find the original post by Magnolia Rouge (shot by Meghan K Sadler) here, another version shot by --- featured on Oncewed here and finally see a feature in White Magazine here.
Photography: MK SADLER | Shoes EMMY LONDON | Decor Rentals: WED HEAD | Creative Director IRINA RUBAN | Stationery SWEETHEART CALLIGRAPHY | Wedding Agency WEDDING BLUES | Model Agency GINGERSNAP | Venue NONSUCH MANSION | Florist OKISHIMA SIMMONDS | Wedding Gown - Designer CATHYTELLE | Hair & make-up LIN & LO |