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Composition and your wedding painting: how we map out your heirloom art piece

When we arrive for a wedding painting, whether its a first kiss, first dance, or first look, our timing is calculated to allow for 2 hours of mapping out the background in anticipation of that

pinnacle moment between the couple.

Lets talk about WHAT composition is. Composition is defined as ‘the way in which different elements in an art work are combined’.

A great way to set your composition, is to consider the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is a guidel

ine for both artists and photographers. It says that if you divide your composition into thirds, either vertically or horizontally, and then place focal areas of your scene at the meeting points of them, you will get a more pleasing arrangement and layout for your compositions.

When considering the type of moment being painted, and the scenery being painted, this dramatically adjusts HOW we map out the paintings layout. When considering your painting, you should ask yourself, what do I want a viewers eye to be drawn to?

For the couple that wants to focus on the view and the venue. In some instances, the couple is getting married in front of a sweeping vantage point (a mountain range, a luscious field, a glowing beach, or a city scape). In these situations, we might ‘zoom’ out the perspective of the painting, shrinking down the size of the couple and how much of the canvas space they take up, while still emphasizing their features and desired guests in the scenery. The effect takes upon that of a classical painting, and is more artistic in it final appearance. With the rule of thirds, we would have the couple taking up a third of the canvas space in height, and no more than a few inches wide across the canvas. This helps to retain the appearance of the couple without overwhelming the image

For the couple that wants a dramatic close up. The most popular wedding painting style is to zoom in on the couple, who will take up a great deal of space in the canvas in order to best emphasize the emotions and movement occurring the in desired painting moment. This is very p

opular during first dances and ceremony paintings where the emphasis is more on the couple, and less on the scenery surrounding.

For the couple that wants guests and attendees included in their painting . We recommend setting the scene back and opting for a wider shot with a focus on the venue and scenery in order to best incorporate the guests in a realistic manner. The exceptions are a first dance scene where the couple is painted as if “closer” to the painter in order to execute the depth of the background with your attendees, or if a couple is having their walk down the aisle exit painted!

With these thoughts in mind, how are YOU setting up your dream wedding painting?

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