Dramatic Veil Portrait with a Chinese bride
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Dramatic Veil Portrait with a Chinese bride

When Stina told me she had her dress custom made all the way from China, I knew I had something to really look forward to. It was a beautiful day to have a wedding in downtown Seattle. Stina was getting ready at the Pan Pacific Hotel near downtown Seattle. The bridal prep room in the Pan Pacific Hotel was so spacious, Justin and I really wish we spent a lot more time in the suite than anywhere else in the world. It was a photographer and videographer's heaven with all the lighting and reflection it's got. However, the fun had to come to an end. We had to head to Kerry Park for family photos and Chihuly Gardens for the reception. However, as soon as we stepped out of the elevator door, I saw this spiral staircase that was calling my name. I just had to stop to get a shot.

I know many wedding photographers dream of taking the perfect staircase shot. So how could I let this opportunity go? That said, I did not just attempt to replicate what everybody else has done. I took an alternative approach and angle and shamelessly asked Kelsey and the bride's mom to help hold the veil. With a pinch of lighting, there went the most dramatic veil shot I have ever created. It was exactly what I had envisioned.

Though I did wish the staircase could have been wider to showcase Stina's extravagantly long train. Rest assured, we will actually do a post bridal portrait sometime soon to really invest the time for a lot more gorgeous portraits.

Location: 2125 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98121.

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