I did my research ahead of time and knew the perfect locations for Janet and Dusty’s wedding photos. They were staying the in the Columbus Renaissance Hotel, and they have a giant roof-top pool deck. Just imagine shooting really high up with the skyline as the backdrop. Unfortunately, November, Ohio, and wedding photos at pools don’t normally mix.
I arrived at the hotel, gave Jan a call and then headed up to their suite. When I exited the elevator, to my right, was the pool deck. The sun was shining but the deck was cast in soft shade. The lighting on the deck couldn’t have been more perfect. “Our apologies, but the pool deck is closed for the season” read the sign on the glass double doors. Bugger! Double bugger!
I met up with Jan and Dusty in their room and immediately noticed a sliding glass door onto the deck. Unfortunately, the deck for the suite was fenced off from the larger deck. The location was just too perfect to let go. We had to get access to the deck. Jan made a quick call to the hotel manager and the deck was unlocked just for their wedding photos. The sun was beginning to set, which created the most amazing light.
To start the photos, we decided to do a wedding reveal. Jan and Dusty wanted to see each other before the ceremony, which I always recommend for photos. Dusty and I went to the deck and waited for Jan. After a couple portraits of just Dusty, Jan came out in her wedding dress. Immediately I could see the connection between them. I think you will spot the reveal photos among the small collection below.
Jan’s wedding dress was absolutely gorgeous. The fabric and detail were stunning. And of course she looked radiant with it on.
I think you can see what I mean about the pool deck. The light was amazing. Reflections from distant buildings made all of the wedding photos really pop!
Later, we headed down to the street to get some additional variety for their bride and groom portraits. We even stumbled into their favorite park along the river.
On the bus, Dusty was trying to balancing Jan as gently as possible, while the driver did his best to give us all motion sickness. I could not help but to snap a few candid photos as the flickering sunlight passed by.
Dusty really wanted a creative formal photo with all of his groomsmen and the best man, his brother. Just after the wedding ceremony, we grabbed the following shot at the Athenaeum theater. Just a little extra lighting made the photo really come alive.
So when in doubt, ask for access. Frankly, I was prepared to jump the fence or fight off ninjas to get great wedding photos. But I guess a call to the manager was the easy way. Jan and Dusty are an absolutely amazing couple and deserve the very best.
That’s all for now. Next up will be some great pet photography of two weimaraners, but that is for another day.