Bridal Suite Portrait How To

Portrait in the Bridal Suite

Braving the FL hurricane season.

Weddings in Florida during rain season are always risky. Needless to say, we needed a bit of extra time in the bridal to wait out a surprise thunderstorm. This actually worked out in our favor as it gave me a bit of time to explore and get a little creative. After wandering around a bit and trying different things I ended up with some of my favorite shots of the day.

For this particular shoot I used the following: (click for links to Amazon)

The Godox light was once again essential in this portrait setup. The bridal suite had a small upstairs loft which I shot from. I positioned the strobe in the brolly box on the first floor right underneath the lofted section so it was just out of view of the camera. The light was set at 1/8 power and I shot for a slightly underexposed background so I could accentuate the subject and add a bit of a dramatic effect.

Camera Settings: (view this image full res on my Flickr page)

  • Aperture: f4.5
  • Shutter Speed: 1/200
  • ISO: 400
  • Focal Length: 70mm

After some basic edits including some cropping, color adjustments, and retouching, VOILA! A nice dramatic image in the full sun with a pretty budget friendly setup.