To create and capture the emotion of being so close, yet so far away from the person who consumes your very being is an image a lot of photographers envision in their portfolios. However, the moment has to truly be created in a sense where the emotion has to feel organic and the ideas portrayed cannot appear to be "staged". But a good photographer knows that any "candid" moment you see captured probably took a LOT of planning.
This wedding couple got ready for their wedding day at the same time and in the same home but were separated by a wall and in different rooms. The setting already created a beautiful moment to capture. To play on the old saying that "opposites attract" I wanted to create a different colour tone in each room. The bathroom that the groom was getting ready in already had yellow light and created a nice warm hue. To compliment this I used a blue gel to illuminate the room that the bride was preparing in, giving it a much cooler feel. However I didn't want the bride to be blue as it was not necessarily flattering in this situation. I had her step forward towards the doorway so I could illuminate her with a second light. I also had the groom look into the mirror so I could catch his facial expression in the reflection without ruining the surprise of the bride in her dress.
By creating two separate colour scenarios in each room I was able to create a contrasting, yet complimentary image separated by dark negative space. The tone is moody and mysterious, yet full of love and intimacy of the moment and the couple.