Posted on Dec 19, 2013
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As a Charlotte photographer, I like to blog (sometimes) about my recent photo shoots.

For my most recent shoot, I took photos of a recently engaged couple. My wife and I traveled to south Georgia for this special occasion. We had a great time and I feel like I learn and grow with each session!

For this shoot, I wanted to showcase my most recent purchase of a Westcott 43″ Apollo Orb light modifier. So, we choose a scenic spot in the country for the shoot. Starting off, we went into the woods for a “woodsy feel”. For the first photos, I used a clamshell lighting technique with a beauty dish overhead and a silver reflector underneath as a fill light to balance out shadows, etc. I really enjoy the dramatic lighting of the subject with her fiance slightly underexposed in the background!

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Next, I pulled out my new Westcott 43″ Apollo Orb light modifier. I happened to notice that sunset was not too far away. The sun was falling and creating a scenic reflection on a nearby creek.

As a Charlotte photographer, I have become more accustomed to noticing my surroundings, playing off those surroundings, etc.

So, we used that creek as a backdrop to a traditional engagement pose and fired away with the Orb!
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Next, I wanted to create a little drama by creating eye contact with one subject (and have the other subject looking off in the distance). If you notice it in some engagement photos, one person looks at the camera while the other person looks away. I have to admit that I am a huge fan of this technique! So, we took a few photos using this concept and the resulting black and white is one of my favorites!

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At this point, the sun was getting pretty low and sunset was upon us. I knew from the start that I wanted to take the last photos (at dusk) near the water. At our location , there was a scenic pond that would make for a beautiful background. So, we tried to harness the beauty of the pond and incorporate that into the sunset photos!

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In the end, I am proud of our most recent engagement session (as a Charlotte photographer) in Georgia. I wanted to create somewhat romantic photos with bold edits (bold color edits, etc in Photoshop). Recently, I have become a fan of more simple edits with rich, bold colors (similar to what I see from other photographers, Charlotte Wedding Photographers, etc). I think we accomplished that. Congratulations to the engaged couple! We had a blast in Georgia!………

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