Top Pics of the Month for July 2023

Depending on where you are in the world–such as Europe or Canada–July may be the peak of your wedding season. So we’re happy you could take a break and join us for another Top Pics of the Month installment. For those of you who are currently experiencing much-deserved downtime, we hope you’re able to recharge and decompress. Those busy autumn months will be here before you know it.

Our Top Pics of July 2023 include a true assortment of wedding photos. From muted tones in a hotel elevator to colorful hues on an Alaskan lake, the images take you on a winding journey. And it’s the black and white photos that demonstrate how much color–or lack thereof–can transform a photo. These photos in particular feel emotionally charged yet serene all at the same time. But no matter your photographic style, we believe this roundup has a little something for everyone.

Top Pics of July 2023

Top Pics of July 2023

Image by Tania Salim

Transforming Basic Space into a Personal Studio

Top Pics of July 2023 bride in golden light

Image by Tom Armstrong

Image Data: 35mm, F2.5, ISO 1600, 1/160th shutter

“Laura & Josh are a very creative couple. They sent me an incredible mood board with inspiration from cinematic drama and indie romance films.

For this shot, there was a room next to the main reception area with a barn door where catering was set up that had enough space to turn into a mini studio. I closed the doors, turned off the lights, and put up a portable video light in the centre. You wouldn’t know there were fridges directly on the edges of the frame! I also used Atmosphere Aerosol to ignite the mood and soften the light.” – Tom Armstrong

Finding Unique Perspectives

Image Data: Nikon Z6ii, 70-200mm @ 70mm, 1/640 shutter, F2.8, ISO 640

“This was taken in the Redwoods in Eureka, CA. While it looks like a drone shot, it’s actually taken from a canopy walk (drones aren’t allowed in Redwood National and State Parks.) In the image are coastal redwoods (sequoia sempervirens) surrounded by sorrel ground cover (large clover). Be sure to stay on trail and leave no trace when adventuring!” – Sam Starns Adventure Elopements. 

couple kissing in water Top Pics of July 2023

Image by Creation

Top Pics of July 2023 couple with rain drops in foreground

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Following the Light

“This wedding took place in Kundasang, Malaysia. The couple wore traditional attire of the Bajau Samah tribe. While we took couple portaits after the reception, a cloud covered the sun and it created a shadow. I quickly asked the bride and groom to go to the shadowed area and to look at each other. And then, here it is. It looks like a spotlight that illuminates both of them.” –Khairidwan Nizam

couple viewing vista Top Pics of July 2023

Image by Jasmin Wedding

Finally, a big thank you to all of the featured photographers in our Top Pics of July 2023. If you’re interested in joining in on the fun, visit our Photobug Community Facebook group. We’ll see you in August for our artificial light photo challenge!

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