Last night at the Lake

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It really wasn’t Last Night anymore… see I quickly edited the pictures and wrote the post the day after the shoot (earlier this week) But then remembered how they were her bridals and I should be careful that he not see them…
Their wedding was yesterday so now I can post it.

Simple and Epic

This is her motto (For Pictures). Keep the location perhaps minimalistic, maybe even simple or normal, but make the pictures epic.

Ask her about it… she explains it much better… but I did get the point.

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I had a couple of great helpers… they helped with carrying stuff and lighting. They walked through mud and water and they should be commended for that.
I enjoy sharing photographic knowledge and so that was fun as well. They provided some good company and helped the bride with things I don’t often do, like fixing up hair.

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The bride liked a picture I did over a year ago at the Great Salt Lake with a reflection of a bride in the water. That particular shot had it’s problems (mainly due to mosquitoes) and this one would as well because of muddy, cold, snowy-ground conditions. But in reality I almost felt like I coulda gone without a jacket, it was a bit warm for this time of the year.

While that original picture from a year ago had to be done in record fast time, this time around I found myself with amble time.

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Before sunset I wanted to do some differing styles of pictures. I loved the plants I saw as I came in and thought they’d match the style she was looking for and be very different. Plus they were areas that could keep her dress clean.

Keeping the dress clean was a concern of mine… why not do that and get awesome pictures at the same time. If there were no other alternative in getting of those awesome pictures I had permission to not worry. But heh… even if 75% of everything around was wet and muddy that still left 25% that was just fine. We picked planty areas and snow. I do believe she said that she got stuff on her dress because of… drumroll… her lipstick. haha

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In any case I push myself each time I go out to photograph. Push the boundaries not necessarily of photography as I’m sure I have a while before that starts to happen (if it ever does) but the boundaries of what I know, what I’ve done and what I’m comfortable with. Making the next time I go out much easier to perform at that higher level, but not being complacent.

I think I found myself solving lighting problems with much more ease last night than most any previous photo-shoot. I think as this happens more and more you’ll see me take on more unique lighting situations. (together with simple ones)
However, I’d like to note A tougher lighting setup doesn’t automatically equate to a better one. (But I do love me a good challenge and i think they stir the creative juices which stir over into the other aspects of a shoot.)

2 Comments

  1. Chelsea Woodruff says

    Wow! I am the Bride’s Sister. Having studied photography (in High School and a bit in college) I have an appreciation for the difficulty of what you have accomplished! These are pure art! You made my sister look like Royalty! These shots deserve to be in a magazine! Thank you sooo much for doing such a beautiful job!

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