Silhouettes are a favorite of mine, and generally pop up in some form from each event that I shoot. Portrait sessions, weddings, and even concerts all create opportunities for gorgeous silhouettes, and I am always game to capture them when they present themselves.
Keeping your eyes open as a photographer is a key in being able to see things differently. Sure, I can create a silhouette if needed. However, some of the most incredible ones I have ever taken are those that just occurred organically. With that said, knowing what conditions you need to create a jaw-dropping silhouette is certainly something that needs to be in your repertoire in order to help you put yourself in the right position at the right time to capture it.
A recent wedding in Saratoga Springs provided me with an amazing set of circumstances, as we stopped by Yaddo for the family and bridal party portraits. If you haven’t been to Yaddo yet, I highly encourage you to make a visit, as I find the property provides an incredible opportunity for some amazing artistic soul-searching.
With the timeline allowing for a couple of hours for portraits, there was ample time after the family and bridal party images to spend some time on the grounds with the bride and groom. On our way back to the limo to head to the reception at the incredible Saratoga National Golf Club, some of the most amazing light I have ever seen happened to be streaming towards us, helping me to create one of my favorite images of 2014.