Portrait of Bride and Groom at Southern Hotel in Covington
Michael Caswell Photography

Portrait of Bride and Groom at Southern Hotel in Covington

Mandeville, Abita Springs, and Covington, Louisiana, located on the northshore not too far from New Orleans, feature several great wedding reception venues, such as the Abita Quail Farm, Vintage Court, the Fleur de Lis Event Center, Maison Lafitte, and the Lake House. This delightful couple's wedding ceremony took place on a pleasantly mild January afternoon at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Mandeville, with the reception being held in downtown Covington's Southern Hotel.

This particular photograph was captured in what is perhaps my favorite way of shooting portraits of the bride and groom when time and the location allow. Rather than precisely directing the couple as to exactly how they should position themselves, I instead place them in a situation with good light and a pleasing background, and loosely instruct them to simply be themselves. In this case, I had them stroll down this gently winding brick-paved walkway in the hotel's courtyard and pool area, with the main direction given being to not look at the camera but instead just pretend that I was not there.

I love the overall look of this picture. Obviously there's no mistaking that it's a wedding photograph, but the way the couple is strolling along in such a relaxed manner while holding hands and looking happily at each other, makes for a much more natural image that connects with the viewer more than a heavily posed shot would.

The use of a wide-aperture telephoto lens creates that attractive background blur that focuses the viewer's attention right to the couple. And we had great light to work with, thanks to the pre-wedding discussions the three of us had about the ideal timing of these portraits.

Location: 428 E Boston St., Covington, LA 70433.