Well I’ll be honest if I’m trying to convince you that each successive stand out image from this shoot in Louisiana is better than the last, this one might be a hard sell. Besides the last picture is pretty much one of my favorites for it’s ability to put the couple in a mundance location like a kitchen and make everything look so bright clean and full of personality. It worked well for who I think they are and was unique.
These two pictures I submit not for their ability to portray the aspects of their personality that I most see in them.
In every shoot I try hard to bring out a person’s personality… but we are all complicated individuals. With music even a die hard country fan might have a secret love of a few punk rock songs or a rap fan might love him some celine dion.
It’s all about the Juxtapositioning and the bringing out those little things from time to time.
Now don’t focus all your time on it but make it happen at least once or twice or 4 times in a shoot.
If it’s a serious individual get them laughing or doing something goofy once or twice – I mean naturally you’re going to have an overwhelming amount of serious pictures by default.
I get the really smiley bubbly girls to have a closed lip expression and to look off from time to time, I don’t really need to give them instructions on the smiley giggly stuff as they’re doing it all the time anyway… so sometimes they might think they’re getting a lot of romantic or serious modelish pictures… in actuality they’re still getting plenty of the others.
In my mind they get to have options… they can stick with the typical them type pictures, the ones their friends and family can identify with most all the time. But they can if they want show off the pictures that identify with the quirkiness and sometimes-it-happens personality traits.
So i liked the idea of a really romantic picture in the dark bamboo groves in the Bayou of Louisiana. A little more edgy.
As the groves of bamboo were very dark and dense I pushed them back as far as they could into an alcove that I found that in reality wasn’t very deep at all.
They’d talked about the bamboo and ever since they did I made it a personal objective of mine to make it happen. I couldn’t find anything that originally came to mind and we were pretty much out of time ready to head out… so I made this location work.
I didn’t have a flash with me but I popped out the reflector and had her friend hold it as close as we could to get a really bright reflected light on pretty much their faces only.
Lots of shadows … a quick fall off of light… so I had them do poses that I felt matched the location and the lighting. When I first met with them they said they don’t want the typical wedding pictures where people are always kissing. Which has been fun because it’s made me stretch to show connection and different emotions through different avenues other than just kissing.
This picture (above) isn’t really a juxtaposition to how they are typically but I just thought it’d match the other pictures pretty nicely and portray the calm closeness between the two.
I loved the old fence covered and colored in moss.
With all these previous posts in which I attempted to be different and unique with their pictures to match what I saw in their personality… perhaps what i enjoyed the most was doing something totally different from those previous uniqueness centered aspirations and getting the picture that showed a totally different side of them.
Not sure I explained that best but it was a fun try.