Portrait Wednesdays: The Wedding Portrait

The new book, One Face Fifty Ways by YouTubers Imogen Dyer and Mark Wilkinson is an idea book about portraiture using one subject—Ms. Dyer— and one photographer—Mr. Wilkinson demonstrating lighting, posing and other techniques to capture the many looks and moods of a single person. This is similar to the approach Gary Bernstein used with Kay Sutton York in their 1988 book, Burning Gold, that I mentioned last week.

With Wordy Wednes-days running for many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Burning Gold decided to see how many Wednes-days I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case Pamela Simpson. Over the next who-knows-how-many Wednesdays I will be showcasing a different image of her made over the five years I’ve photographed Pam showcasing her many, many different looks in many different styles.

Today’s image is from our second portrait session that was held on August 24, 2012 and is different from last week’s glamour image. In this traditional portrait, Pam is wearing her grandmother’s wedding dress and is photographed against one of Silverlake Photo’s amazing Colorsmacks background. A different and full-length version from the same session, shot against my studio’s (then) white wall appeared on the cover of Shutterbug magazine’s Wedding & Portrait issue.

The featured image was shot using two monolights: One with a 24×24-inch lightbank at camera right and another raw head at left, aimed mostly on the background. Camera was a Canon EOS 5D Mark I with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens (at 85mm) with an exposure of 1/125 sec at f/11 and ISO 100. Image was processed using the Color Efex Pro Photoshop-compatible plug-in.

As I write this, copies of Imogen Dyer and Mark Wilkinson’s One Face Fifty Ways are available from Amazon for $11.55. Ms. Simpson is featured on the front cover and inside pages of my book Posing for Portrait & Glamour Photography. New copies of that book are available, as I wrote this, for $14.75 from Amazon—even cheaper than used.

Author: Joe Farace

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