I captured this photograph in an alcove of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.
This historic LA hotel has incredible architecture and abundant details in the lobby area. However, it is also incredibly dark thus requiring the use of off-camera lighting. The bride specifically requested that a significant number of her bride and groom as well as her wedding party portraits occur in the lobby area.
As such, we included a lighting assistant in their coverage. The lighting in this photograph isn't particularly dramatic, but it is indicative of my style in terms of flat lighting subjects while using perfect symmetry. For this image, the light came from a 3' x 4' ProPhoto softbox held aloft on a stick that allowed the assistant to position the lights wherever I wanted them very quickly.
For this portrait of the couple, I originally tried several variations including the one most expected, which would be the couple seated side-by-side. However, I wanted to create a more intimate moment between the couple, and so I asked the groom to lay down and places head on the bride's lap. Although the bench was really too short to create a perfect relax feel for the groom, I still feel that the image was successful. I particularly enjoy how the red velvet drapes frame the scene.
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is located in Los Angeles, California. Phone: (323) 466-7000. Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_Roosevelt_Hotel. Contact Person: Annie Itsell, (323) 785-8223, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.