I've inflicted quite a few infrared photos on you good readers over the past several months. While landscapes and glamour shoots are fun, I have to admit that the real reason I pestered Lisa for a converted infrared camera was for bridal and wedding photography. I finally, finally, finally got the opportunity I'd been waiting for last week on a bridal shoot with the lovely Alicia. Boy, oh, boy, the results didn't disappoint!
I was first introduced to infrared photography through the amazing work of Master Photographer Patrick Rice, who wrote the book on infrared wedding photography--literally! I've got his book on my nightstand at home. The above false-color, high-key infrared bridal portrait may be one of the single best portraits I've ever taken. The more traditional false-color infrared bridal portrait below, with classic white foliage and vivid blue water, shows how dramatic infrared wedding photography can be when used in a suitable setting, such as the amazing Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio.
The Japanese Tea Garden is an extrememly popular site for wedding and quinceañera photographers, so much so that on weekends it borders on a rugby scrum. Fortunately, Alicia and I avoided the crushing crowds by going mid-week (there was only one other photographer there!) and practically had the whole place to ourselves. Infrared is extremely flattering to brides, as imperfections and skin blemishes fade to transparent in infrared light. Skin takes on a luminous quality, and when paired with glowing white foliage, gives a fairy tale-like quality to portraits. Infrared bridal photography also makes striking, dramatic black-and-white images, such as the one below.
Needless to say, Lisa on Location is now one of the few photographers in Central Texas area offering infrared bridal and wedding photography in addition to our traditional wedding photojournalism. What's great is that there are so many wonderful locations in Austin, San Antonio, New Braunfels and San Marcos that lend themselves to infrared bridals--just turn me loose with a bride on the River Walk, Laguna Gloria, the McNay, San Antonio Botanical Garden or Zilker Botanical Gardens... I'm getting giddy just thinking about it!
Just for good measure, the above is a traditional, visible-light image of Alicia for comparison. She still looks amazing, doesn't she? Different, but amazing. The great thing about our infrared offerings is that it's not an either-or choice. Lisa On Location still offers traditional bridal and wedding photography of exceptional beauty--just think of infrared as a little bit of value-added "kick." Planning a wedding? Give us a call. We're waiting to hear from you!
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