I contacted Dave & Rachel because I wanted a couple with creativity, who would collaborate with me on the shoot and have valuable ideas for what we could try. At the moment, one of the things I struggle most with is bringing out the right expression in my subjects. Usually it's not too difficult, as I've mostly shot for happy families who want happy–family pictures! But I wanted something a little different this time. These two did a great job with their expressions, working together to give each image it's own feel. And they brought some pretty cool props!
Check out this sampling from their gallery!
I used my strobe for most of the set, but I did some shots (like the one above) with just direct sunlight. As you can see, it is very harsh, but very beautiful. I did pull the darks up a bit in post to restore some shadow detail.
And thanks to my dad for being my lighting assistant, keeping my equipment safe!
If you've read this far, please drop me a note to let me know what you think. Which is your favorite image, and why? Did this spark any ideas for a shoot you'd like to try sometime? Get in touch! I'd love to create more of these images with you!