I love trying techniques such as flash composites, Brenizer methods, and editorial lighting in photos where romance is a key factor. It does not always lend itself to those kinds of photos but under certain conditions can really add depth and a “cool” factor to your images. I used to use off camera flashes in every shot when I did skateboarding photography a number of years ago so I am accustom to modifying light to get a desired look. I got back into it recently after attending a workshop centered around making the best images out of mundane environments. Most of what was taught used off camera lighting and light modification to make a compelling image. The fun part of shooting with flashes is that you are able to shoot in situations where natural light is not favorable and still get fantastic results. For Scott and Tania’s engagement session we opted to shoot in Uptown Charlotte right as the sun set. This put us at the perfect time of day to use off camera flashes and some special techniques to get some very amazing images.
It is not often that I get to shoot with a couple like Jim and Lynne in a location like this HUGE old Oak tree in Waxhaw. The day was absolutely perfect for photographs! Jim and Lynne have known each other for over twenty years. They met back when both of them worked for the same airline and were on the same route together. They dated briefly but parted ways to different sections of the country and didn’t pick back up until Jim called her Father to get in touch with her. Jim proposed this past January in Colorado to Lynne and after so many years of knowing one another they are getting married this Sunday. I simply cannot wait to shoot with them and think their photos will be absolutely stunning.
There is nothing more personal than a couple letting me into their home. Dani and Houston opted to have an engagement session that started with them doing what they love most, preparing food! From there they took me out onto one of their favorite local Greenways. It featured a wonderful wooded path that was really a wonderful way to end the shoot on.