Whenever I'm photographing small wedding venue like the Huron Substation in Los Angeles, I'm always looking for ways to create fresh and interesting photographs in a setting that is often photographed several times every week by my contemporaries. And so to create something new, I have to step outside my comfort zone and conceptualize images that might evoke some measure of acclaim from other wedding photographers. For this bridal portrait, I decided that I wanted to use the semi-opaque plastic sheeting that covered one of the doors to an upstairs room in Huron Substation. In order to achieve this effect, I had to ask the bride to move uncomfortably close to the plastic sheet in order for her outline to be recognizable. I then asked her to look down so as to give her something to do in the photograph. I could have certainly asked her to look straight ahead, just as one might expect in a portrait like this one, but when I view wedding photographs, I like to consider the story of the image. For example, when I'm evaluating other photographers' work, I'll often ask myself, "What is that couple doing? Why are they there? Would that actually ever happen? Is the scene realistic?" And sometimes, looking down is all that it takes to make a photograph feel more real than might otherwise be the case. Huron Substation is located in Los Angeles, California. Phone: (323) 225-8909. Website: http://www.huronsubstation.com.
Location: 2640 Huron St, Los Angeles, CA 90065.