A wedding Portrait in the Chateau Laurier
Barbara Ann Studios
Barbara Ann Studios

Elegant Wedding in the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa

The setting and background typically decide how formal an image can or should be. There is a hallway in the Chateau Laurier that runs alongside the ballroom and the Laurier room. Near the doors to go outside onto the balcony is a nice sitting area where I had the couple sit for a chance to relax first and then one or two images. The formal background setting really gave way to a formal serious portrait. I actually had the couple smile first and I took that image but when I saw it on the back of my camera, I felt that it really didn't match the background. I used off camera lighting for this image, changed up their pose/hand placement quickly and asked them to not smile. The result to me is a portrait with a timeless quality to it. The clothing gives away the decade but I feel that the portrait style posing, the color and the lighting give it the look of an image taken many decades ago. I love how the colors of the wooden panelled walls and side lighting create a warm feeling to the image. Additionally, I love the symmetry of the paintings behind them as well.

Location: 1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7.