How To Utilise Leading Lines In A Wedding Portrait – Image of the Week #449

Oh, we do love some leading lines in a wedding portrait. They are a fantastic compositional tool that can draw the eye straight to your subjects. Clearly, we are not the only leading lines fans as this gorgeous image by Gary at Good Luck Wolf was nominated by another Farmer for Image Of The Week.

I can very much see why as it is a simple portrait but executed extremely well. It is making good use of the venue and the light. By having the couple look up into the light source, they are illuminated, leaving the not-so-interesting parts of the frame in darkness.

Leading Lines in a Wedding Portrait

It is interesting that Gary found this location by chance and could imagine its potential by projecting that he would do a little additional post-work on it to realise its full potential. We’ve never had more tools to enable adjustments after an image has been taken and whilst some photographers are getting carried away with them, it is also nice to see AI used for a more subtle enhancement too. This portrait stands as a testament to the artistic integrity and thoughtful restraint that technology can bring.

Nikon D780 | Nikon 24mm
ISO 640 | F/2.8 | 1/200
Modified Tribe Archipelago

a wedding couple standing on the corner of a staircase looking back up the stairs to illustrate the article How To Utilise Leading Lines In A Wedding Portrait

What Gary said…

“As cliched as it is, this was one of those “I’ll just quickly grab it” (I actually checked the times on the first and last photo in the series and it was under 2 minutes!)

The ceremony had just finished, bride & groom were hiding in a wee back room as all their guests filed out for the big group shot. I asked the coordinator if there was a toilet I could use (TMI maybe?), she told me there was some “Not very nice” ones downstairs, and this was the very stairs! Toilets were fine too.”

The Tech Talk

“I was mostly drawn to the light here – so I very quickly posed the couple and took the shot close up – I moved back and noticed more leading lines so I used those too. I’m a huge fan of Geometry in my work.

I had a 1 to 1 session with Matt Parry and he spoke about taking time to really edit your sneak peeks which has completely changed my workflow and delivery – I removed a bunch of distractions from the walls and then used generative fill to extend the stairs and the banister too.”