I went to my niece’s wedding this past weekend and although she had hired a photographer she asked me to fill in the gaps and shoot the parts and places where the photographer could not be. This was perfect for me, I really hate posing people and I am horrible at it so it is great for me to not have to do that. I talked to the photographer about the whole situation, (it’s really important to clarify all of this when you are working alongside a professional), and she was great about it all. When the ladies where getting ready, and after I had steamed all of the bridesmaid’s dresses, I saw the bride’s dress hanging in the door way to a walk-in closet with the veil draped over the bodice. The line and form of the empty dress was an appealing and interesting still life so I started to shoot it. Shooting from outside the closet left the image with a very busy background so I decided to try from the inside the small closet. I had enough room for my wide angle zoom to get the whole dress in. I bounced the flash off of the ceiling and turned it down ⅔ of a stop to prevent the whites in the dress from blowing out. I the flash was bouncing around the walls of the closet so it was almost as though I was shooting from inside a giant soft box that produced some really appealing areas of light and shadow. In post I pulled the image into Nik Silver Efex Pro, the image was crying out for black and white, darkened the background areas into blackness, and pulled some more texture from the dress. I was really happy with the end image except for the window behind the veil. I tried to get it all black but just couldn’t quite do it without wrecking the veil.