My life has seen a world of firsts over just the past month. From college graduation to a senior recital, and individual portrait sessions to my first wedding photography experience, the last month has been a whirlwind of activity. Everything seems to just be getting better, however, as I am pursuing more freelance work in photography in lieu of a traditional “summer job” for work over the next few months. There are possibilities for more weddings, portrait sessions, and events, so this site—and my shutter finger—may be nice and busy as time goes on!
Regardless, another “first” that I participated in last week was my first engagement shoot with a couple I graduated with at Transylvania University. They make for a very happy, sometimes silly, couple that was a blast to photograph during our 1.5-hour session. Per request, the majority of shots were largely informal, with most poses forming naturally with only a little pre-guidance from me. I have found with not only my wedding portraits but individual shoots that giving subjects general direction for poses, without specifically telling them “put your hand/foot here or there” too much works very well for relaxing everyone and making photographs that are more organic.
The 20 photographs in this post were all made with the Sony NEX-7, the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8, the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-s, and the Nikon 200mm f/2 AI-s ED. I also worked with natural light for all, and only used an umbrella for fill light for the photograph under the clock-tower. Post-processing included basic tonal/white balance adjustments and cropping in Lightroom 5:
That’s all for this post, guys and gals. Now that school is finally over for the summer, I have a pretty short and simple to-do list that includes catching up on sleep, photographing more, and updating this site with fresh content pretty regularly. With any luck, I will at least make a few of these points over the next couple months. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by, and remember to subscribe for more!