The art of photography is all about staying ahead and thinking outside the box. I have a fantastic team who loves to do just that! My assistant, Lia, took a few moments to get an image of each person in Kenny and Lorien’s bridal party while I and my lighting assistant were shooting the couple elsewhere. Believe it or not, the image above was NOT originally captured with all of the bridal party together, but rather it is a composite of many images.
We started with each of the individually captured images and used Photoshop to cut them out using the Magnetic Lasso Tool, a little feathering and the Background Eraser Tool. Once we had all of the images containing only the person in the bridal party, we needed to place them. Using another image of the bridal party, we resized each image based upon their appropriate height proportions.
The image with the bridesmaid hanging was used to rebuild the background. We did this by clicking the Spot Healing Brush tool over the dangling bridesmaid. Then, with a few copy and pasting tricks and another swipe of spot healing at the seams, we could place our bridal party.
This is good for our first time, but next time there are a few things to alter to make it better. We will be sure to capture each individual in the same lighting as well as make the distance from each person to their background the same. These two changes will eliminate editing time. In Photoshop, a higher feathering number would be best utilized around each “cut-out”. Plus, we hope to capture the Bride & Groom against the same background so we can add them in! As you can see from the image at the very top–a black and white effect really makes this line-up pop!
Below you will see some of the captured images from the Kenny and Lorien’s wedding festivities. Enjoy!