“Describe your engagement session- Our engagement shoot was held on Shirley’s 26th birthday. It was an amazing day and we had an absolute blast! Shirley loves all things vintage, so the idea of having a Vintage Glam themed engagement shoot was a no-brainer. She totally thinks she was born in the wrong era. We initially had the idea to only take photos at the Rose Garden with a picnic but I threw in the idea of taking some shots at the local Train Station as well. We had unique props to compliment our wardrobe and we were surrounded by beautiful landscapes and plenty of laughs and smiles. We had an awesome time with our photographer and forever grateful that she made our vision come to life.”
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The feeling is mutual N & S! Your photos turned out to be awesome! :)
Today I thought I'd share my feelings on why working with N & S to capture their engagement session has changed the way that I have approached photography for the better.
It's like this, usually, my style of photography has mostly erred on the side of the contemporary category. With this particular engagement session, I was forced to think outside of my normal comfort zone creatively speaking.
Normally I produce clean, crisp and colorful photos, with this photo- shoot I had to experiment with incorporating the elements of a desaturated, blurry-grain and texture to these photographs to ensure that they would have that gracefully aged "vintage feel to them. This translated into forcing me to rethink my strategies regarding timed exposures and achieving proper white balance both in camera and on my computer. After deciding to shoot at a higher ISO setting and after of hours of tweaking of my custom digital photo filter's, I finally created a batch of very pretty vintage special effect settings which were applied to each of the images using Lightroom.
These settings are now stored in my post production workflow toolbox which is, of course, an indispensable thing to have already nailed down before my next vintage inspired session.
In another instance, because I knew that S & N wanted a softer feel to be reflected in their photos I decided to capture these images using mostly natural light as opposed to using my off camera flash system. (Natural light is softer then that what of which is created by artificial means via my Speedlights)
Because of my past inexperiance with shooting exclusively using natural light, admittedly I was a bit hesitant to even book this session at all, however, instead of backing down I set out to learn everything that I could about re-creating a vintage or retro look to a photo-shoot. Many hours were spent reading articles and practicing with my own equipment in preparation for this single engagement session. Although it was a wee bit scary at the time, at the end of that day my client's and I were pleased to see that I could indeed deliver a natural light photography session that could sparkle and shine as brightly as the more traditional photos shot with a flash.
After al that I have learned from this experience, it turns out that I LOVE shooting in natural light as much as I enjoy working with a flash so I now deliver a mix of natural and on/off camera light elements in every photo session that I capture. This allows me to consistently deliver beautiful photographs no matter what sort of lighting challenges are posed to me throughout an engagement session or wedding day.
Check out the rest of the pic's from their wedding day at Vizcaya Villa in Fayetteville North Carolina at http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/vizcaya/villa/wedding/photography