Years ago I tried a similar image with a wedding party, but I didn’t TRY very hard to make it as cool, or as fun as this one. Then last fall I photographed a wedding (ironically that bride is friends with the bride in the photo we’re talking about, but their weddings were on opposite coasts) and for one of the wedding party shots I decided to try out my old trick – but make it a composite so that it was a bit clearer where it needed to be, and a bit more spooky.
It worked. That wedding party had nine or so people in it, so it was easier to do than the one I did at the elopement.
This couple got married in Joshua Tree National Park around a month after the other wedding. We were doing their portraits and waiting for the sun to get lower so that we could do star photos and I decided that I wanted to try the “ghost” photo as I call it, but only with the couple. I knew going into this that it was going to be quite a bit of photoshop work to get right.
Originally, I wanted to have multiple “ghosts” in the image but after playing with it in photoshop discovered that it looked the best with just one set. Shots like this one always strengthen my ability to make my ideas a reality. They also help with my PS skills. I’ve never relied heavily on retouching or PS so it’s nice to be able to use my creative shots as a way to get in more practice.