I always love Nancy's getting ready shots (and you'll see another great one in the next post), but what makes this shot for me is Amanda's dog, sitting on the bed probably wondering what on earth is going on.
The guys "getting ready" shots are often such a contrast to the ladies' ones.
Check out Ron's expression after seeing her in her wedding dress for the first time. I love this kind of shot and it can only really be captured when they see each other before hand and do a "first look."
Ron looks really happy, and Amanda looks beautiful in this photo, but that's the case in countless pictures from their wedding day, so I'm going to discuss a more mundane detail here: the colorful orbs of light in the background. I can't say exactly why (the reason for our particular tastes always seems partially shrouded in mystery), but I've always loved the glow of those out-of-focus lights. It undoubtedly has something to do with my love of the aesthetics of cinema where it is widely employed, and was probably my first exposure to it. It takes very particular optics and a perfect combination of light in the background and foreground to get them just right, so I'm always looking for those circumstances, and in this case we chose this location for the first look because of them.
An architect friend of mine recently commented that I liked to show the difference in scale between ourselves and the architecture we create. I'd never thought of it in those terms, but I think it's true. The contrast in this image between the vastness of the city and the quiet moment that Amanda and Ron are sharing is striking. I also enjoy the repetition and diversity of patterns in the 5 visible buildings, all of which are iconic Chicago structures.
Sometimes we employ tried and true formulas: dog + tuxedo + bewildered look = cute!