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Portrait of bride and groom in front of the colorful metal walls of Experience Music Project in Seattle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

We had recently a great time photographing Jenna and Corbin’s wedding at the Space Needle in Seattle, which you read about here on the Wallflower Blog a few days ago. But that blog post left out a very important part of the day: our portrait session with Jenna and Corbin at neighboring Experience Music Project! Those vibrant, curvy metal walls have beckoned to my artistic sensibilities for years, and it was great fun finally getting to play around with them.

The challenge on this particular day was that blazing sun. Posing for photos in direct sun, particularly when you’re having to look in its general direction as the placement of the EMP’s walls required, just kinda sucks. Photographically, the lighting is harsh. But, even worse, smiles tend toward grimaces, eyes narrow to slits, and moods grow grouchy.

In the photo above, we combated this by placing Jenna and Corbin in the shade of the nearby monorail track and lighting them with strobes. For the following informal portrait, we had to place them in the sun, but mostly looking away from the brightest directions, and used fill-flash to bring their faces out of shadow.

Wide-angle photo of bride and groom in front of the colorful metal walls of Experience Music Project in Seattle, with the Space Needle nearby, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

We had members of the wedding party hanging out with us for a while, and employed Jenna’s three young nephews to hold an empty frame that we brought with us for this very purpose.

Portrait of bride and groom, in a frame held by three young ring bearers, in front of the colorful metal walls of Experience Music Project in Seattle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

I love that frown on her rather humorously grouchy oldest nephew! You can argue the photo would have been cuter and sweeter without him, but I enjoy how he makes the photo just a little quirkier. It keeps the photo from feeling too perfect. Grouchy nephew makes another appearance in the next photo, which is actually a semi-candid “B” side to a more straightforward, but less humorous, primary portrait.

Black and white portrait of bride with ring bearer cousins in front of Experience Music Project in Seattle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

These next two photos were taken nearly simultaneously, but are so very different! Laura took the first photo of a nephew smelling Jenna’s fragrant bouquet, while I snapped the second candid of the broader scene. That bouquet was created by Corbin’s aunt Annie — nice job!

A different candid photo of ring bearer smelling the bride's bouquet in front of the colorful metal walls of Experience Music Project in Seattle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Candid photo of ring bearer smelling the bride's bouquet in front of the colorful metal walls of Experience Music Project in Seattle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

The way that colorful metal wall distorts reflections has a certain psychedelic appeal, and knowing that Jenna and Corbin are big Nirvana fans, I loved that I could get a cool photo of bride, groom and billboard all reflected in one panel. The hard part was removing my reflection from the scene!

Distorted reflection of a bride and groom, and a Nirvana band billboard, in the colorful metal walls of Experience Music Project in Seattle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

A nice candid of lovely Jenna, back in the shade of the monorail:

Candid photo of bride in front of the colorful metal walls of Experience Music Project in Seattle, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Speaking of the monorail, one went by at an opportune time to give a little something extra to this next photo of Jenna’s bouquet, with our couple kissing under the Space Needle behind.

Wide-angle photo of bride and groom kissing by Experience Music Project in Seattle, with the Space Needle and monorail passing behind, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Detail photo of bouquet with bride and groom in background, in front of Experience Music Project in Seattle, with the Space Needle nearby, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Our next photo is an attempted recreation of a beloved photo of Jenna and Corbin on a date. I’ve never seen the photo (then or now) so did my best to reproduce it based on their description. I actually have no idea how close I came (I’m guessing not very) but maybe it’s best that way. This photo can just be its own thing.

Photo of bride and groom kissing with the Seattle Space Needle towering overhead, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

There was one final stop I wanted to make that was on the side of the Space Needle opposite from EMP, where the towering red metal sculpture “Olympic Iliad” by Alexander Liberman sits. The colorful metal, spotty blue skies, tree branches, and of course that flying saucer in the sky all combined to make some pretty cool photos!

Portrait of bride and groom in front of the Olympic Iliad sculpture with the Seattle Space Needle towering behind, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Detail of bride's bouquet in portrait of bride and groom in front of the Olympic Iliad sculpture with the Seattle Space Needle towering behind, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Portrait of bride and groom in front of the Olympic Iliad sculpture near the Space Needle in Seattle, with the Space Needle nearby, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Photo of bride and groom walking down a path toward the Seattle Space Needle, framed by the Olympic Iliad sculpture, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma

Congrats Jenna and Corbin!

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