The darkened shadows really just make the dress’s colors pop. Although for this shot, I’m not a huge fan if the other posts and hydrant being in the frame. The colors are nice, but seem to draw away from her dress even more. http://lordashbury.com
I agree with all you are saying. This looks like an outfit for the beach, not the city. That said, I love how Scott is able to catch the light and focus on the subject while the background is dark – makes for very interesting photos!