Bridal portrait at the brick arches at UVA
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Bridal portrait at the brick arches at UVA

Engagement Photography is often the first foray into portraits sessions by a newly engaged couple. Leading up to wedding photography, the bridal portrait is often done with the bride alone to showcase her wedding dress in a setting that is uncrushed and unhurried, to get a bit of a different feel than the marriage photography of the actual wedding day photography packages. Local photographers often talk advantage of the beautiful architecture designed by Thomas Jefferson at the University of Virginia for engagement pictures, couple photography and bridal photography. This late afternoon Bridal portrait at the brick arches near the Alderman Library and the Albert and Shirley special collections stack, and the Frank Hume memorial fountain had some amazing light in the tree foliage. The open arches look through to the tree tops from the other side, and here the sun is setting and giving the trees a lovely yellow green glow with hints of red, and orange of fall. I loved the location for a portrait because of the beautiful light hitting the canopy of the trees. The bride is wearing an Augusta Jones Bridal dress in the style of a mermaid dress, and lace covered with beads and pearls, and fabric covered delicate buttons down the back. She is wearing a satin headband with floral clusters of pearls and beading and crystals, with tails that hang elegantly down the back. The gowns train is draped off to the left side of the bride, and she is leaning against a black wrought iron railing. Wedding photography packages can be found on my website, and custom built to suit any wedding budget. Photograph is taken with a Canon 5DMIII and a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L lens. Settings for the photograph were ISO 250 at 90mm with an aperature of 2.8 and a shutter speed of 1/250th of a second. Post processed with Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Photoshop, and finished with Alien Skin Exsposures.

Location: University of Virginia 160 McCormick Road.