I photographed this beautiful Ocean Springs, Mississippi bride at La Maison Gautier, locally known more commonly as "The Old Place". This historic home is almost 150 years old, and is located on the Singing River in Gautier, MS. As soon as I stepped out of the car, I immediately noticed the wonderful scent of magnolias in the air as I began looking around to determine the various settings where I wanted to shoot.
This spot along the white picket fence caught my eye right away, as I felt it would be visually interesting with it's "out in the country" appearance, and more importantly, the light here was great, providing a beautiful rim-lighting on the bride's shoulders and hair. Though it's natural to want to choose an area for a portrait based on the background and other elements that will be present in the photograph, in actuality it's almost always best to find a spot that has good light, and then find a composition that works, rather than trying to force bad light into an attractive image.
Of course, less-than-ideal light can be worked with when needed, as there are some instances where a particular background is desirable, even though the light in that spot and direction may not be perfect.
La Maison Gautier is a great location for engagement portraits and bridal portraits, and also serves as a venue weddings and other events.
Location: 2800 Oak St Gautier, MS 39553.