Black and Cream Studio Bridal Portrait Editorial in a Lace Wedding Dress

Black and Cream Studio Bridal Portrait Editorial in a Lace Wedding Dress

A split toned studio bridal portrait editorial in my Charleston SC Portrait Studio. A cream lace Claire Pettibone dress with black and tan savage universal seamless paper backdrops. Wedding Editorial in Studio.
Aug. 15, 2020, 10:19 p.m.

About the Split Toned Studio Bridal Portrait Editorial

So much of my studio bridal portrait work has been about deconstructing, stripping down the process and making simple and beautiful works. When I photograph outdoors, so much of the emphasis is on chasing beautiful sunsets or the next picture perfect location. When I'm in studio, I have the opportunity to create breathtaking photographs without the distractions and without the complications. I typically shoot on clean paper backdrops, centering my work around a few specific colors. I'd worked with the model, Emily Jo, before and knew she had a very defined, jet black hair cut and wanted to come up with a way to accentuate that and create added shape and contrast. I started with my tan Savage Seamless backdrop and crossed it with my black Savage Seamless backdrop for a split toned effect. 

charleston sc studio bridal portrait with black and cream savage universal backdrop and lace claire pettibone dress

In post, I decided to increase the contrast and crush deepen the shadows so that the model's hair seemed to disappear into the shadows of the black portion of the backdrop. 

charleston sc studio bridal portrait on black and cream seamless paper backdrop and cream lace wedding dress from claire pettibone

Why I Love Studio Bridal Portraiture

Brides are timeless and so is studio portrait work. In my Charleston SC Portrait Studio, I focus on creating works that are simple but look like no one else's bridal or wedding portraiture. It's a fun challenge and gives me the opportunity to really focus on the subject and their story. Below are a few more links to studio bridal portrait blog posts from my Charleston Photography studio and my Traverse City Photography studio. 

Why Studio Bridal Portraits Will Never Go Out of Style

Olive Green Backdrop and Studio Bridal Portraiture on Film

studio bridal portrait in charleston sc by wedding photographer brian d smith with claire pettibone dress

About The Cream Lace Wedding Dress by Claire Pettibone

I've long been a fan of Claire Pettibone's work. I've had a few opportunities recently to use her dresses for editorials and I've fallen in love with each and every one. There's just something special about them. There's thoughtful details and fabrics that you won't find in traditional wedding dress boutiques. They are artful and progressive, yet so timeless. This dress is a textured cream fabric with lace trimmings, details and my favorite feature...sleeves. The gown has lace beadwork adorning the back and running along the dress seam with a matching cream lace belt that ties at the waist. 

lace wedding dress back in cream by claire pettibone photographed in studio by brian d smith photography

This editorial was shot on digital, but stay tuned for the film photographs where I experimented with developing my own film and shooting multiple exposures. 

bridal portrait in studio by charleston portrait and wedding photographer brian d smith with black and cream color

Learn more about Brian D Smith Studio Portrait Photography

Brian D Smith Photography Studio Portrait Portfolio and Information

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If you are inspired by what you read, I'd love to invite you to reach out about the portrait photography studio services I offer. I have poratrait studio locations in Charleston SC and Traverse City Michigan. My guarantee is that you won't find a photographer that cares more about you and your story than I. I'm endlessly passionate about telling stories on film and pushing the boundaries of art in portrait photography. I'd be thrilled to work for you and tell your story through intentional and creative portraiture. I photograph Branding Portraits, Bridal and Wedding Portraits, Heirloom Portraits, Boudoir, and Creative / Editorial Portraiture and Fashion in studio. I celebrate all people, LGBTQ and straight. I celebrate all races and backgrounds, and there isn't a soul in this world that doesn't have an inspiring story to be told. 

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