Couple portrait at Portland luxury hotel The Nines
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Couple portrait at Portland luxury hotel The Nines

This iconic photo was taken during Zainab & Zak’s wedding at the luxurious The Nines hotel in downtown Portland.

I’ve attended many image competitions and have seen lots of award-winning images, and I’ve been feeling inspired to push the boundaries with my own work. And this particular wedding provided the perfect opportunity.

This shoot turned out to be particularly challenging. My initial plan was to use two flashes to light the bride and groom simultaneously. However, due to the technical difficulties of my flash equipment, whenever I pressed the trigger, one of the flashes would not fire. This was quite a challenge to tackle in a room with so many reflective surfaces and walls. Due to the tight wedding day schedule, we had to revisit the spot during their dance break.

Thankfully, Zainab & Zak were so patient with me the entire time. Eventually, we were able to conclude this portrait shoot on the second try. It was certainly one of the best photographs I have ever created in terms of thorough planning and composition. I rarely place the subjects on the separate ends of the frame and have them face different angles to create leading lines. Not to mention, I absolutely love the emotions captured from Zainab’s eyes!

Location: 525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204.

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