Frame by Frame: Film in the Snow

FRAME BY FRAME - Jordan Brittley I have been asked several times about shooting film in the snow since THIS session got published on Wedding Sparrow. Since Rachel's dream of a snow-dusted wedding came true at the end of December, I decided to dedicate a post to the details of two images from her day!!  I love light-drenched images on film (see the last FRAME BY FRAME post), but I think there is also something so dreamy about rainy day weddings or days thick with clouds! They have a romantic feel that belongs to them alone and I learned quickly that Missouri is full of surprises and I needed to be prepared for any lighting condition on a wedding day!

So let's break down these images. You probably aren't standing in the cold right now, but it was frigid when I was photographing Dawson and Rachel. They were so calm and easy to work with and I made it my mission to move as quickly as possible so they didn't grow numb in the snow! Most of my direction involved them holding onto each other and me moving around them so that they would remain as warm as possible and Rachel wouldn't get her heels caught in the soft ground.

Camera: Contax 645
Lens: Karl Zeiss 80mm
Film Stock: Fuji 400H rated at 200
Lab: Richard Photo Lab

Image Above: I asked the couple to hold onto each other and then asked Dawson to kiss Rachel on the cheek. I focused on her hair and let the rest fade into a blur. I want my brides to remember the small details from their wedding and if this image were of me and my husband, I would frame it in our home (and it would be big!)!! I love that there is a little bit of mystery to the image because you can't tell if he is kissing her or whispering in her ear. Or both.

Aperture: f/2.0 ISO: Fuji 400h rated at 200 Shutter speed: 1/30

Image below: I asked Rachel to take two steps towards me and look at the detail on her dress. If I remember correctly, I exploded with excitement after I took the image because I knew that it would be something to cherish. I love that she looks so comfortable in the snow. Her expression just lined up with everything else in the frame and I knew that meant the result would be a powerful image. One that makes people stop to look. And the more you add images like that to a gallery, the more powerful the gallery becomes as a whole. Images become something more than pretty in front of our eyes.

Aperture: f/2.0
ISO: Fuji 400h rated at 200
Shutter speed: 1/60

Venue - Timberline Barn Makeup - Lisa Lehman Dress - Norman's Bridal

FRAME BY FRAME - Jordan Brittley

So what about you? What challenges have you faced when photographing in the snow? How did you overcome those obstacles? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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