Rockefeller Center and Time Square are special to Tim and Stephanie and now, even more so.
Every Christmas they’d take a trip to the City to see the tree and enjoy being with each other in the happy crowds. So when Tim decided to ask Steph to marry him he knew just the place, the big Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. To make it even more special Tim asked me to secretly photograph his proposal and then do an engagement session to celebrate.
Everything went according to plan. Stephanie did not even notice me shooting away while Tim ask for her hand in marriage and was delighted when family and friends suddenly popped out to congratulate them. We then spent a little time together creating images of a day they will never forget.
Location photography is always fun but can be challenging, especially when it comes to lighting. Existing light can be beautiful however it does not always cooperate. When you have an assignment and a schedule you have to work with what you have or seek to make it better.
My solution is to add some “secret sauce” to the mix. During a recent engagement shoot I took my couple out in the middle of a river in the middle of the woods. A great place for photos but not for lighting. Nice hair light but not so good for faces, especially the eyes. The solution? Splash some light from the side and add a light warming filter. Still natural but so much more full of color.
Hotel rooms are seldom the best locations for bridal portraits, but that’s where the brides are minutes before heading off to the ceremony. What’s a photographer to do? Find a window, move some furniture and do your best. Window light is soft and natural but way too strong in the middle of the day.
Fortunately there’s always a little portable light to splash around and fill up those shadows and still keep it soft and warm. Work quickly, keep everyone happy and head out fast to get to the ceremony before the bride does.
It’s January. It was wet and a little chilly, but who cares? Kenzie and Ryan are not your indoor types. We did a few studio photos (classic engagement portraits) and then headed outside for a couple shots in town then off to the woods for some photos by the creek.
It may be January but there are people who still love being outdoors. (Plus it is not too cold this particular January). Cathy and Matt are not the indoor types although after a romp in the woods and a wee bit of a paddle its fun to play a word game over some hot coffee.
It’s the end of the year (the Julian year anyway). Aly and Brad visited the studio and let me try something a little different. (I like different). I love the new 3-D glasses and wanted to feature them (the glasses) with my two unsuspecting models.