Editor's Pick: Michael Greenberg Recaptures the Renaissance

by Jacqueline Tobin

© Michael Greenberg

December 17, 2015

When Toronto-based wedding photographer Michael Greenberg recently posted some new work to his Facebook page, I was intrigued and wrote “send me that one,” referring to the delicate and beautifully lit image shown here (which, I admit, also caught my eye because of the glorious “old-world”-looking loveseat the bride is sitting on). 

Greenberg graciously obliged, explaining, “this is a real bride but not shot on the wedding day. I was invited by the biggest online educational portal in Russia to do a photo shoot for their educational DVD and this girl happened to be available for that day.” Shot with his Nikon D3s in a studio in St. Petersburg (along with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens and settings of 1/160 sec, f/5.6 and ISO 200), Greenberg adds that “everything was lit with just one flash with amber gel and shot through a grid to create an uneven pattern of light on the model and the wall, almost like it was coming through the window.” 

The posing, particularly the hands, he says, was inspired by Renaissance paintings. The entire shot took Greenberg about 4 minutes to make. “As a wedding photographer, I’m used to working fast since there is never enough time. This is how I would shoot any bride had it been a real wedding.”


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