That is, of course, if you can stand to be around said couple on a secluded island for a full week....
Luckily for me, Alayna & Paul are two of the most friendly, warm, giving, and all around amazing people I've ever met, and our week-long engagement photo session was one of my favorites of all time.
The first night at the lake house provided one of the most gorgeous sunsets I have ever seen. It was there and gone in less than ten minutes, and no one was prepared for photos when it started. In fact, I believe Paul was wearing swim-shorts in the photo below, and I photoshopped his long pants on afterwards...
The next day, we headed to the mainland to the scenic town of Wolfeboro to capture that "All-American" sort of feel. It was July 4th, so that didn't hurt.
By the time we headed back towards the boat, it was nearly full dark. That's when Alayna spotted the gazebo that she used to dance in as a child, and asked if we could stop to do some photos. I agreed reluctantly, having no idea how I was going to light the massive gazebo with my one light, but sometimes things just have a way of working out. It also helps having an assistant that is willing to sing the theme from Beauty and the Beast a cappella (thank you Emily).
The next day we decided to take a hike to an outcropping of rock at the opposite end of the island we were staying on. It was probably an bad idea to wear dress shoes on the hike while carrying fifty or so pounds of camera gear entirely on one shoulder, but was it worth it? I'll let you be the judge of that.
I get more questions about the above photo than any I've posted online, with people wanting to know the lighting setup.... And I hate to admit that it was a very simple one, but it was. Here's the technical story behind this photo. We shot this at about noon, in harsh, harsh sunlight with absolutely no shade.
Here were my camera settings:
1/200 sec at f/8.0, ISO 50, shot with a Canon 24-70mm lens at 24mm.
There was one octa firing light from the extreme right side, and just in front of the couple. It helps having two amazing assistants willing to stand in the water and keep my camera gear from floating away. Thanks again to Kaylee & Emily
Now, that being said. An exceptional amount of Photoshop went into making that image. The background is still the same lake, but taken two nights before during the amazing sunset. It is a pano composed of about 9 shots, all taken vertically and stitched together. They were really standing on the rock, and really on the lake, and I think that helps add to the realism of the shot.
There are plenty more shots from that particular outing, and maybe you'll see them in my portfolio sometime, but for now, they're for the happy couple (and happy photographer to enjoy). Thanks to Alayna & Paul for an unforgettable shoot!