I hope you enjoyed Chris and Michelle’s last batch of engagement photos, well here is a brief round 2 for them! Their first date they went up to Love Circle before going out to check out the view of the city and the stars. It’s one of the highest points in Nashville where you can overlook Vanderbilt and downtown Nashville. So, since that place is part of their history, they felt it was only right to do a few photos where it all began, and I couldn’t agree more! My approach for engagement photos for Nashville couples, is to use a documentary style, in capturing the images and the love between the couple, capturing the intimacy without forced looking poses, etc. Kindof a sneak peak in as if “no one’s looking” and therefore making it a true essence of the couple! We decided rain or shine, thankfully the drizzle wasn’t bad, but I felt it added to the drama of the photos with some rain and dark clouds, wet streets, etc.
Now, for technical photography talk, thankfully the 1D bodies are pretty well weather sealed, so I wasn’t too worried. I had my assistant carry my new Elinchrom Quadra off camera, mounted to a monopod, with the bare bulb reflector. And he had the pack in a backpack, I controlled the exposure from the hot shoe, with the Elinchrom Skyport transmitter. I shot at f 5.6, mostly 400 ISO, and the light source and I were usually 15 to 20 feet away. In a controlled setting, the further the light source is from the subject, the harsher the shadow will be, though when any flash is used for outdoor fill, especially to overpower the sun’s shadows, distance can also soften the effects of the flash. This was just enough to create a nice pop / contrast ratio and provide enough fill to take the flatness out of the images, because it was really dreary, something was needed. Plus it provided a more directional light than on camera flash would. I also have the option of using my umbrellas or small Photoflex softboxes, but in this case I wanted the extra edge of a little harder light, and mother nature softened it’s effects anyhow. My next step is to have www.collages.net make a guest book, featuring these engagement photos, will try to get some video footage of some of the new books in the future! Enjoy the photos,