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Clay Blackmore shows how to make a portrait of the bride and the groom.
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Again, do it again. Now, how about Marina, just your eyes at my camera, oh yeah, chin down a little bit Marina, yes right there. Chin down and your eyes down, come on Brad, chin down a little more, chin out Brad so I see it right there, gorgeous, gorgeous. Brad a hint of a smile and Brad your nose to the right a little. Brad tip the top of head to the right and your lips closed, right there, beautiful, a hint of a smile. Martina, how about smile with your teeth? Martina great, now you smile too Brad, Brad smile, yes, yes, yes, relax. Those were gorgeous, just fantastic and it all starts simple and ends with technique, I love it.
Let’s do the hands and rings and we’ll finish with the heart. I’ve just thrown on a piece of veil material because these picture’s nice to have a veil wrapped under the flowers. The hands are low, the fingers up like that and then you just turn your—let go of your hand because I don’t have to show the groom how to hold this hand. So, you hold it just like that, yap with your fingers, watch me, like that, yap and then this finger up. There’s the hands are pose, just kind of hold her wrist a little bit right there, pose it.
Now, I’m not going to pose it too much because I don’t want her hand to get tired. I’m going to light it. It could be profile lighting or it just could be a regular lighting but it has to be dramatic lighting. Profile lighting is fantastic if you want to do that. I’ve got a pretty dramatic, I’ll bring it around a little bit more to profile, hands lower, good, a little lower and the then the wrist in like that and then the flowers right there. This is a beautiful way to start the wedding album, hands and rings.
Camera on this, it’s going to be low right down here. Now, your fingers are going to go straight up to your chin. And point your finger to your—Martina your finger right up and see what we have to—that’s it, that’s it, you know, loosen the hand a little bit and then this one out just a little bit. Now, soften your hand, just let the fingers relax, that’s it, right there and then Adam bring the light around a little bit right there, don’t move a thing, that’s it, right there.
Now, lower the hands to the flowers, right there, yes and now your pointer finger up just a dash and your flowers up to your fingers right there, yes. Point your pointer finger up a dash, good, right there, relax. Put your nose right there, full posing right there. Now, come out in front of her more Frank. I’m sorry, turn your nose to the right a little bit more, Martina to two-thirds, keep turning, now, look over to the wall. Push your hands down, your pointer finger up. Brad come out to me a little bit, right there, I love it. Martina your nose to the right, pull the veil out a little bit more off of her shoulder and that’s good.
Now, point your pointer finger up just a little bit, good, right there and your fingers up, all of them, right there.
Let me just see that, leaning to him a little more and put your shoulder behind her a little more, that’s gorgeous. Put your shoulder behind her a little more, that’s it, that’s it. So, this could be a picture, hide your right hand back there, well, I mean right here, right one two and smiling, yes, good, good, good.
That’s picture one right here. And now we’re going to kiss the finger, just relax everything and put that right there, she bends the wrist in and you put your knuckle right there and we see the ring beautifully, both rings.
That’s it, now hide behind him and turn your face back to the light. Tip your head to the right a little bit right there, little lower in the back, good.
Light her loop a little bit better, good. Leaning behind him a dash, leaning, that’s great. Now, tip your head to the right Martina. Now, instead of puckering up, this is a nice refinement. Smile, just a hint of a smile, no smile, actually just no smile, more romantic right there, good, good, good. Wherever you’re looking Martina, look to the left to dash, just light his profile.
Stay right there, easy to change the lighting for us. Almost done guys, here we go. Just wrist in like this, come on right there a little more, right there, turn your hand to me Brad so I can see your ring, that’s it, right there but crawl your fingers around hers, tighten the grip a little bit, your left hand right there, that’s it, just like that. Tip your head back to him a little, let me just see. Now, tip it to the right, do we have it? Just look up with him, look at him, look at her. Can you guys touch noses and just smile, yes, yes, that’s gorgeous, I love it, I love it, I love it. Come on, you could be better Brad. Brad you can be better, Brad I love it, relax.
For this portrait, I’ve put the chairs one in front of the other just like that. We went here for a back profile Martina, Brad’s going to lean forward to do a two-third view and there, he’s just going look down at her lips. In fact, speaking of lips, the adjustable tools are critical because I want their lips at the same level.
So Brad, lean out to the light a little bit, a little more, good and Martina turn your face to me a little bit, good. Now, I’ve got to show Martina where to look, you’re going to look right there, good, right there.
Now, let me show you how a lot of people get this picture wrong and what they do is they would have Brad lean out to the light even more, quite a bit, now turn your nose back to Martina, keep turning. Lean out more, that’s it. I see this, that’s a hock right there, that’s not the way to do it. What you’re going to do is hide behind her a little bit, turn your nose to the right and I think we’re just going to get rid of the hair light or Adam if you could pull it back and just try to light Martina’s hair. I don’t want it to hit his forehead, that’s my whole thinking, maybe a gobo, a piece of fabric, or a book, or a print to just gobo his head and light her hair because she has a beautiful hairstyle.
And I think while your there Adam, lower him just a dash, yes. I’m getting the lips with the same level. Turn your nose to the right Brad a little bit, tip your head to the right, good, we are there we are there, I love it. I’m going to tip the camera. Your elbow out just a little, Martina, yes, that’s creating my base. Martina your nose to me a dash, good, right there and he’s going to tip the top of his head to the right a little bit more, love it, love it, now smiling, teeth, teeth. I’m tipping my camera to the high shoulder. Can you smile for me Martina? Martina, chin down a little bit, yes, right there, let me do a couple of these, love it, love, love it, right there.
He’s going to tip his head to the right even more, keep going, keep going. His chin down a dash, that’s it, his chin up a little. Lower him a little more Adam. I need to keep him a little more posture, a little more back, there we go, now sit up tall, that’s good.
Now, tip your head to the right, turn your nose to the right, tip the top of your head to the right, we’re all done, yes, smiling, smiling, yes, yes, tip it in my camera to my left, and raise the left shoulder.
This time go serious guys, no smile. And I’m tipping my camera the other way and you’ll look down just a little Martina, that’s it, relax.
Beautiful shot. Notice how their faces form a heart, isn’t that fantastic? What a way to open a wedding album, just fantastic and that’s one light. One light on the face, there is a little background light, there is a little fill light, the hair light’s being goboed but it’s really one light and reflector and I love it.