A Romantic Dream, Huntington TX
Julie and Carsen had a vision for their fantasy engagement session. They wanted an airy, bohemian, sun-filled, romantic dream. This is what we gave them in return. See more from this beautiful session on Sarah’s
As many of you know, I’m starting a wedding photography business when we make the move to Montana later this summer. One of the things you have to think about when starting a business is your brand, and a common exercise is to come up with a list of words that describe your brand. For a photographer you can think of your brand as your photographic style. So far my list of brand words includes: dramatic, romantic, artistic, fantasy, dreamlike and grand. I think about adding the words warm and colorful too, as my photos have a tendency to get both warm and colorful (especially colorful if you're familiar with my landscapes). As I’ve been culling and reprocessing my portfolio over the last few weeks I’ve been trying to create a consistent brand focused around these brand words. Of course not every photo I take at a wedding looks like a dreamlike work of art. But I hope you think the photos in my portfolio do. Let me know what you think or if you have any other brand words that you think fit my style. My portfolio is on the front page of my Montana wedding photography website.
In this photo, all of the lens flare is real and I did some minor processing in Photoshop to add contrast, color and to bring the couple out. The bright light on the far left and right of the frame are pieces of long grass/some other vegetation in the foreground. I love to use foreground objects to frame my subjects. I took about five or ten shots from this grassy perspective with tons of flare, but also took several of the standard straight on, no foreground, minimal flare shots too. The grassy flare shots may not be as technically perfect, but to me they are better at conveying the dreamy fantasy mood I’m always looking for, and the lighting is certainly more dramatic. So that’s my vision. Getting the camera to focus while shooting into the sun with stuff in your foreground and loads of sweat in your eye and on your glasses/viewfinder is a whole different story!
Critiques are always welcome.
Daily photo: June 17, 2013, taken June 10, 2013
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