One of my all-time favorite shots is the silhouette. I am always amazed by how a vague silhouette portrait can capture so much personality. Created by using back lighting, usually with the sun shining brightly behind the subject, these shadowy photos are the perfect way to immortalize your wedding day.
The simplicity of the image is what makes it so powerful. It feels intimate yet accessible, dramatic yet modest, mysterious yet distinctive. With the details obscured, you are able to clearly see the raw emotions of the people being photographed.
Vastly appreciated as a true art form during the Victorian Era as well as from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century, the nostalgic silhouette motif is perfect for a vintage wedding. Modern brides are incorporating silhouettes into their big day in all kinds of creative ways, from eloquent save the date cards, invitations and programs to charming table cards, wedding favors and even imprinted on the wedding cake.
Some couples have hired professional silhouette artists to craft heirloom-worthy party favors for each guest within minutes. You can create duplicates and mount them in a wedding guest album for each person to sign their well wishes.
For more ideas on capturing the most stunning, frame-worthy wedding pictures, browse through my latest collection of 10 must-have wedding pictures you will cherish for a lifetime.
- 2012: The Year in Silhouettes (lightbox.time.com)
- Silhouette Portrait (cutoutandkeep.net)
- Sweet Silhouettes (spoonful.com)