K and N were referred to us by a past client. Thanks Dara:) They decided to have their engagement session done at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami. (www.vizcaya.org) We love to shoot there as you can tell from some of our past posts. Vizcaya is one of those places that always comes through for us. Here are some of the images from their engagement session.
The images above were shot using natural light and using our newest addition to the arsenal, the Sony A7Rii. We coupled the Sony A7Rii with the Metabones Mark4 adapter for Canon lenses. Here are some tips when shooting with natural light and with flash or strobes.
First, when shooting with natural light, we don’t place our subjects in shade as many of you may still do. Shade is muddy, flat and boring. We used to be the photographers that thought cloudy and shady was the best thing to photograph in (you know,the big “softbox’ in the sky) until we were taught better techniques. We now place our subject between us and the sun which gives them a natural rim light and isolates them from the background. Shooting this way also provides us with more depth and dimension for our subjects. We also use a long lens and shoot from beneath shade to keep from having sun glare. Also remember to try and have them against a darker background. It helps isolate your subject more. We can and do, as you can tell, shoot in direct sunlight, however, in order to keep our subjects from having to squint or close their eyes due to the direct sunlight, we have them look either at the ground, or away from the sun. When and where to insert your artificial lighting is a matter of personal choice.
(A LITTLE BEHIND THE SCENES)
In some of the images above and below we used artificial light. As stated above, when and where you choose to do this is a mater of personal choice. For the image in the middle, directly above this text, we used the off camera strobe in a 40 inch octabox, because without it, K and N would have been too dark due to the direction of the sun at that particular moment. We used the strobe to provide some fill light so that we could see our couples’ faces, and their reactions to one another, a bit better. The two images below this text illustrate both artificial light and natural light. Again, it is a matter of personal taste.
We won’t give away all our secrets in this post box if you have any questions or comments feel free to ask in the comment section below or you can come to one of our workshops. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.