glowing bride on her wedding day at SF City Hall
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Glowing Bride Hidden Flash

We used an off-camera flash placed directly behind the couple to get this glow behind the bride.  The back lighting also provides some nice rim lighting around the groom and the bride's hair.  This effect not only provides some drama to the photograph, but it also helps separate the married couple from the background.  It makes the photo look more dimensional.  The flash unit is controlled by a Radio Slave sending unit mounted on our cameras.  We place it hidden behind the couple and set it on a lower power so it won't be overwhelming and too bright.  Finding the best balance is the key challenge in this type of wedding photography.  City Hall offers many backgrounds and opportunities to incorporate this type of lighting into the creative process.