umstead weddings - kayla's bridal session

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May 30, 2022

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umstead weddings – kayla’s bridal session

I love photographing Umstead weddings, and last Friday, I was lucky enough to photograph Kayla and Dre’s wedding with both the ceremony and reception at The Umstead Hotel & Spa. Regular readers of the blog might remember them from their engagement session, which I photographed about a year ago. Well, now they’re married, I’m pleased to be able to share some images from Kayla’s bridal session from a few weeks back.

We met up at the Umstead about an hour or so before sunset and went for a walk around the lake and the grounds, searching out the little pockets of light I like to play with. Kayla decided not to bring a bouquet, which was great news as it meant we could use both of her hands to play with her gorgeous veil in the golden hour light. We really lucked out with the weather as it was nice and sunny without being too hot. We got a lot of great photos and it was really tricky narrowing them down for the blog.

Working on these images was so easy as Kayla has the most amazingly perfect skin ever. Zero retouching was required so everything here was captured pretty much how my camera saw it.

Here are just a few of my faves from Kayla’s bridal session. For those interested, the tech details are laid out at the bottom.

Geek info: For this shoot, I used 2 main camera bodies: the Sony a1 paired with the FE 50mm f/1.2 GM and 135mm f/1.8mm lenses, and the Fujifilm GFX 50R with the Mitakon 65mm f/1.4. I also shot a roll of Kodak Portra 400 film on the Contax 645 with 80mm f/2 lens. I do this mainly to add a bit of variety, but also to ensure my digital files look as close to film for the best colours and skin tone possible.

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