Sometimes, you just need to experiment.
Everyone who knows me (well) knows that I'm always on the lookout for opportunities to create; so when I visited my old stomping grounds back in March, I had made (relatively) big plans for a bridal-style shoot. It was going to be minimalistic with an emphasis on the dress(es), florals, and landscape. You see, after spending a "small" fortune on my own wedding, I've been infatuated with the idea that you can have amazing images without all the additional bells and whistles (and costs). The weather was going to cooperate, the dresses were going to fit, and we were going to have all afternoon to shoot in the best light...
But you know how these things go. Spring weather in the Midwest usually does not resemble Spring - so we were greeted with Winter-y weather, instead. The dresses fit like a glove and the florals were stunning, but the need to shoot (mostly) indoors to avoid frigid temps changed the lighting scenario quite a bit.
And yet, we created. Despite the variables, something beautiful happened. I love how photography has challenged me to find beauty everywhere - not just in the "ideal."
And so I played. I played with focus, film stocks, and indoor light. I used the variables to strengthen my skill, and all in all... I'm a happy gal.
***I just want to give a huge shout-out to Sara (from Lakeview Weddings) who allowed me to use her gorgeous venue on such short notice. What a gem!