Most photographers stick with the basics and charge extra for the more advanced enhancements. Myself? I’m too much of a perfectionist when it comes to my work. I am not an efficient editor. I’m far too nitpicky. So those advanced adjustments? I just include them with any shoot I edit. I simply can’t help myself.
That said, I often find myself holding back a bit while working through a shoot. My work is quite stylized. I put a lot of myself into each and every photograph. But I’m not always sure that my clients will appreciate some of the extremes I can push things to. So I do tend to hold back… that is, unless I’ve been given the “go ahead” by my clients to do as I will, and then? Then I am a very happy photog!
Ashley let me know right from the start that she likes fashion forward photography. The washed out, grainy, hazy quality that I so enjoy. So I was thrilled to know I’d be able to be free to play. And even better? After looking through some of my work here at TD365 she also pointed out a few images with really stark contrasts as being particularly appealing. That meant that I could go to either end of the spectrum – both are waters I enjoy sticking splashing into.
I had a lot of fun shooting with Ashley and Shane, but it was an equal joy getting to put the finishing touches on their photographs. I felt completely free to do what I do best. To really push and pull each and every image to bring out the best in this couple. So thanks Ashley – for allowing me to pour my heart into your shoot. I hope you and Shane will love each of these images as much as I do.
I believe this is the third time I’ve blogged about Jen and Martin’s Sweetheart Session. To bring up one particular photo shoot three times is unheard of for me, so I believe it speaks to the impact this couple had on me. I really did love working with them. Their feelings for one another were so evident in every interaction, they made my heart glow. I truly believe theirs is a love that will last through any difficulties they may encounter – and in today’s temporary society, that’s saying a lot.
I took Jen and Martin to the East side of the University Bridge here in Saskatoon. It’s not a spot I hit very often, so it remains an adventure every time I go. We shot on the lookout platform on the South of the pedestrian walkway, under the bridge itself, and along the path that extends under the bridge and through the University Campus on the North side of the bridge. In spite of relatively grey skies, we had a lovely time and created some beautiful images in celebration of this gorgeous couple.
Danae and Cameron were absolutely adorable. I always worry about couples who take themselves too seriously. But these two have humour in spades. Being able to laugh with (and occasionally AT) one another is an awesome thing.
My favourite shot from our sweethearts shoot speaks volumes, and so too do all those which follow:
This shoot really was a treat… spontaneous and fun. Just like the couple themselves.
On Sunday afternoon I had the privilege of doing a sweethearts photo shoot out in the snow with Jaclyn and Kim. I love shooting in the snow, and though it presents its own unique challenges, I wish it was something more folk were willing to consider. So when Jaclyn suggested it (without any prompting on my part) I was thrilled.
The two of them will be receiving a disk with over 100 images on it from our hour-long session. But figured I’d share a few of my favourites here, both as a preview for them, and for me to show off. LOL I absolutely adore shooting couples in love… and a couple in love out in the snow? Awesome!