It’s still early spring and there aren’t any leaves on the trees yet, so getting soft portraits was somewhat difficult in the bright morning sunshine. Everything was dull and brown. Thank goodness that I had arrived early at Yates Mill Park and scouted out possible picturesque locations before getting started.
Near the back of the park, I was able to find a small area of green bushes that were backlit by the sun which did help with diffusing the light a little better. As a bonus, I also discovered a cool rope swing which we ended up using during the photo shoot.
Because of the challenging lighting, I experimented a bit by shooting in a style I’m not typically drawn to, just to see what I am capable of doing under difficult conditions. Regularly, I use an off-camera flash for portraits (thus allowing me to dial the exposure way down to capture the background scene properly) but instead, I decided to turn off my flash and add a few natural like pics in the final delivery just for fun. This particular lighting situation was tough for sure. Luckily I enjoy finding creative solutions to technical problems. As the session stretched on, I really felt like I learned something new which is always a good thing.
All things being equal, although it’s super easy to process these types of natural light exposures in postproduction, I prefer to use a flash and properly expose my backgrounds for a more realistic aesthetic. That being said, I enjoyed adding additional skills to the bag whenever the opportunity arises.
No flash, natural light.
A similar portrait in the same location using the flash.
The best part of this experience was that my clients R & R were friggin awesome! Seriously I can’t express how grateful I am to get to work with fun-loving people. Such a joy to be around, it makes my job a thousand times better when I am paired up with down-to-earth brainy clients with excellent senses of humor. After we finished up at Yates Mill, we wrapped up our photo shoot by heading to downtown Fuquay Varina to take a few fun portraits inside the Bostic Wilson Antique Gallery downtown.
Haha, the creepiest of "family portraits!
Once more, challenging lighting awaited us because of all of the fluorescent lighting at the antique shop. Again, I shot these portraits using a combination of available light and my flash, just too compare the results. Overall, it turned out to be a great and unexpectedly fun place to take unique engagement pictures.
When all was said and done, I admit that because I included photos in my delivery that were a little different than my normal style, I was a little nervous when I sent preview photos to the couple. They loved them, thank goodness! It’s a happy reminder that no matter what my old artistic sensibilities are, at the end of the day, if these two are pleased with the photographs that is all that matters anyway.
Clients like these push me to be the best artist that I can be. I simply would not be here doing what I do without them. The moral of this story goes, the harder you make me work to get the shot, the happier I am to hit that mark.
Congratulations R & R and THANK YOU for your smiles. You two rock!
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