Bridal Editorials and Bridal Fashion play a huge role in both the wedding and photography industry. Here in Chicago there is a strong bridal culture, and therefore Chicago Bridal Photography is always breaking barriers and capturing the most pure and wonderful essence of beauty. With a superstar team, we shot both in my studio and at the Palmer House here in downtown Chicago. Back in the studio, I played with several different lighting arrangements before I found what I liked. Wedding dresses, being so light in color, offer so many opportunities for lighting. When you get to do a bridal fashion shoot, you really get to play with this more than you would during an actual wedding. Here I have full control over the light, opposed to being out and about and trying not to interfere with the couple’s event. I even incorporated a few props like feathers to frame the model and soften the image in a slightly mysterious way. Over at the Palmer House, we shot in several rooms throughout the hotel. Each setting worked to set the scene like something straight out of a Bride-to-be’s dream. We got to use a suite for all of our prep. We transformed it into a studio complete with a full line of dresses and a makeup station to rival the one in my studio. The dresses came from several different places; Ersa Athelier, Egardo Bonilla, Rafael Cennamo, Dimitra’s Bridal, and Stephen Yearick. Some of them were fresh off the runway, and we were the first people who had the chance to work with them.
The model that day was Lindsey Kane, a Ford model. The whole team was a collection of pure talent, and we came together like a well oiled machine. It was a pleasure to work with everyone, and due to our chemistry we were able to successfully channel all of the beauty and glamor that the Palmer House itself is famously expressing.