Photo of the Day

Winter Magic

January 3, 2018

By Stacey Goldberg

Photo © 222 Photography

There were plenty of obstacles preventing Brian Gluys of 222 Photography from capturing timeless portraits of his clients on their wedding day. For starters, the wedding was in Columbus, Ohio, in December, a notoriously cold place during one of the coldest months of the year. But that's not all: The portrait session got pushed back to the end of the day and, by the time Gluys and his clients were ready to explore the city for some photo magic, the sun had already set and it was, as Gluys recalls, "darn near darkness." He had also left his off-camera lighting gear in the car, so he had to rely on what little ambient lighting elements he could find—car headlights, window light or, in this instance, streetlights. Despite all the setbacks though, Gluys explains, "things worked out."

This particular image was captured while the photographer and the couple were walking through a downtown alley. "It was freezing! The bride could only tolerate 15 minutes outside in a shoulder-baring dress and open toe heels," Gluys recalls. "She was a champ and toughed it out without complaint."

In the end, neither the cold nor darkness stopped this photographer from achieving his artistic vision. "My favorite part of this frame is the casual feel to it in their movement. Look a little longer and you then notice the 'Happy Holidays' wording in the building windows behind them. To me, that's the cherry on top for this December wedding."

(Captured using a Nikon D800 with a 35mm f/1.4 lens.)

Photo © 222 Photography