Having a romantic bridal photos seems to be timeless even for pre wedding session, it could bring beyond experience to your couple and they able to see how gorgeous they are before getting married. Thank you for visiting my blog by the way and hopefully I can deliver great photography tips today.
One amazing photo that I wanna share to you today is my previous pre wedding in Maldives for my couple who coming from Hong Kong. I remember that it was beautiful sunset in Maldives that we’ve got after watching an interactive of baby shark feeding in our 5 star luxury resort called the Lux* South Ari Atoll. I personally will suggest you to encourage your future couple to get pre wedding in Maldives and stay in this resort, all. staff are so friendly, way to go there is amazing experience and hospitality are superb.
Within a month before we went to Maldives I invite my couple to have a Skype video meeting and told them that we gonna do a lot of romantic bridal photos in every single part of the island. Lux is a great resort that standing on 2 km far island so when you wanna sightseeing around than you can ask the buggy driver to help you and they did it with tons of amazing Maldivian smile. Just in case you need more inspiration about resorts than you could read my previous post about romantic bridal photos.
Gears That I Use
I bring 2 cameras during this photo shoot, a Canon 5D Mark III with 16-35 mm f2.8 L series lens and 70-200 mm f2.8 L series lens than also Canon EOS M with 22mm f2.0 for making great behind the scene video.
I’m shooting with Canon for over than 5 years and move to Nikon on 2014 cause I want to try something new about Nikon. I’m truly satisfy with Canon for sure but after 5 years with joyful experience I want to try the Nikon D810 to get another experiences.
I work together with my wife who belong to my personal assistant since we are in a partner and sometimes she helps me also for make up and hair do based on my couple request. By the way I love for being small company and working in a small team with my wife, it helps me to make a good trust between me and my overseas couple. As you see here I’m living in Indonesia and my couple live in a downtown Hong Kong and one thing that make them believe in us is because of we working together as a husband-wife photographer team.
Making Romantic Bridal Photos Right in the Middle of Indian Ocean
When you wanna make a romantic bridal photos in the outdoor area than put a concern on a golden sunset time, here in Maldives I’m exploring the beautiful golden sunset during 4.45 to 5.20 pm. It was fantastic when you exploring this golden time, sunset is insane and come with red, orange, yellow, magenta, and yellow colour…your couple will love this moment for sure.
I let my couple to wear black bridal and suit and they looks so elegant. I ask my couple to sit together on the wooden deck on bare foot for sure cause I don’t need their shoes anymore, now take a look this BEFORE RAW image below,
I only told them to talk each other and enjoying this beautiful sunset time, take a joy conversation for up to 3 minutes while I’m continuously shoot with my 70-200 mm f2.8 L series lens. Bring this lens is great choice cause we can get a sharp image and exploring the moment within 200 mm focal length and it brings a lot of joyful expression to the couple.
To help you to know step by step on this scene than I will describe it below:
- I ask my couple to release their shoes, I don’t wanna they lose it cause my wife’s bracelet is falling into 2 meter deep sea and surely I don’t wanna dive in.
- I told them to sit in a 90 degree shape and put their hands on the wooden deck, my groom Billy use his right hand to hold his fiancee, Dickie’s waist
- I ask them to do small conversation that represent a happiness between them, than
Following this photo session I’m back to my studio and proceed this image on my 21″ inch iMac using Photoshop, I love this software for sure cause it works so precisely and details on every part that I want to enhance, and this below is the AFTER final result image.
I work on this scene with my Photoshop for around 20 minutes and here is some working list that I did:
- Open the RAW file format using the Canon software
- Adjust for 5 essentials ‘my style’ lists such as level, contrast, saturation, highlights, and brightness
- Convert it to Photoshop
- Working separately by make a partial selection on FACE, HAIR, SKIN COLOUR, and WARDROBE
- I finalize all these work by put a photo filter and smart sharpen feature to get it done.
I highly suggest you to stay in Lux* South Ari Atoll for couple of days, let your couple to book their water villa room, a greatest room with oceanic directly view and if you want to make it a bit more budget arrangement than you can book for another cheaper room called beach villa.
I suggest you to check all the rates with Agoda, I book through this platform by the way and pay the ground transfer directly on the hotel. If you want to stay for 1 night transit in Male City than you can see my suggestion of Lucky Hiya transit hotel.
If you want to learn more how I do my post production than you cold consider about my Photoshop Action class, you can download each video as you want and take a copy for your own. Here I’m gonna teach you step by step to edit your wedding photos using a Photoshop as same as what I did and you gonna see in LIVE how I work.
It starting from open the files and using my favourite Photoshop features for making romantic bridal photos that blown your couple mind away.
Take a look for my Photoshop Action page below,
I hope you get a great inspiration about how to make romantic bridal photos for your future photo shoot and hope you enjoy for what I share today, lets keep in touch cause I’m gonna share so many photography tips in this blog from my previous photoshoot.