This fall, I had an opportunity to take some lovely engagement photos of Heather and her fiancé Kori.  We wanted some fall like pictures, because their wedding is next fall.  A week later may have been better to get some fall colors… but their were some conflicts then.  This was actually one of those near record temperature September days, so the long sleeves and sweaters were warm indeed.  My compliments to them for surviving the heat.

I have put some comments below the photos about what I did and why.  Also some comments about what I liked.  Enjoy the reading and let me know what you like or don’t like about the photos.

I used a softbox to fill in the exposure.  We were in the shade and I didn’t want the background to be completely washed out.  this allowed me to create a soft, but well lit subjects with shadow and highlights to build depth.
This picture was taken in the bright sun.  I used the sun as a back light to highlight hair and give dimension to the picture.  Even though the sun was to their back, they were still squinting some.  This surprised me, but I believe it was because they were looking into some brightly sun lit trees.  But it is still a very acceptable picture.
Heather wanted a picture of her beautiful engagement ring.  The edges of the top of this fence post lead our eyes to the ring.  I really like this one.
I was able to capture this playful moment between Heather and Kori.  It was a nice change of pace.
I was able to get a little greenery to frame this shot a little.  Again an off-camera flash in a softbox kept the light soft with some contouring of the face.  This flash also added a catch light in the eyes to bring more attention to the face.
Kori is an avid outdoor sportsman, so we needed a more ‘nature’ shot.  We did have the softbox off to the left in this shot.  It did help with the exposure some, but I believe another third stop or so would have been better.
Heather is sitting on a very small log, but I love their expressions and exposure.
We created a fun motion shot between the two of them.  They definitely had fun while working on this shot.
I loved this cute expression.  They are an adorable couple.
This is the shot that they chose for their “Save the Date” invitation.  The grassy areas provided plenty of space for text.
Another nature environmental shot.  The softbox again was used to illuminate their faces better.
Yes, the hunt is over, I believe that they are both winners!

An Acquaintance of mine, Carrie Copley, has been writing a book.  This has been one of her big goals in life, and sure enough she finished the book recently.  Check it out at  Her site tells about her business and there is a link to buy the book.

I don’t like to do the simple head shots, but I always believe the picture should tell a story. In this case, I wanted to portray Carrie as a fun loving and pleasant person, but one who is also strong and decisive.

We picked a location at a local hotel with some interesting interior architecture.  While we used it some, it wasn’t as useful as originally planned.

I originally picked this location because of the cool accessories such as the watering can.  I tried a bunch of pictures, but none of them worked very well.  This one mostly works, but it was pretty easy to eliminate as a picture for the book.
I figured that I better do the standard business style head shot.  It is always good to have a basic shot that the client may be expecting, or in this case, a book editor.
I thought that I would try this pose, and I like it a lot.  I had her cross her arms for a more power look.  However, I had her position her feet so that it caused her body to not be straight, but to have more shape.  This lowered her left shoulder as well and slight tilt of the head with her wonderful smile.  In the end we have a feminine look with a touch of power and  friendliness.
More of the same in this picture.  The watch isn’t reflecting as bad which helps.  I believe that this is the picture that Carrie is using to promote the book.
In this photo, I. eliminated the watch reflection finally.
This picture was to utilize the repeating pattern in the background.  It works pretty well.  Carrie is using this picture on some of her social media which is cropped to around her face for small pictures.
This was a similar approach as above.  I wanted to use the background lights to add some interest.  If there had been more lights, it may have worked better.  A nice result, but not perfect.
I added a kicker light to separate Carrie from the background a little more.  If I would have used it more as a hair light, it may have helped more.