There is so much to say about this special engagement session. Casey and Jeff have been sweet friends of ours over the years and it is a real treat to be able to share our skills and to be able to give them wonderful photos to cherish. Casey first came to us with what she called a "crazy idea" of having her engagement photos at night. Right away I was in love with the idea and a vision popped into my head. Date night. Direct Flash. Something a little bit glitzy...
Direct flash photography is a huge trend right now especially in wedding photography. This style definitely lends itself to a glamorous paparazzi-esque feel and that was a perfect match for Casey. Casey and Jeff have such bright personalities and they have so much fun together we wanted to amp up the lighting just a bit more for their photos. The colored gels we added were just the right touch of theatrics to really set off the photos.
The setting here, played an important part too. Casey and Jeff first met while they were working at Bowtie Cinemas years ago. It was only fitting that they return to the site where it all began. The bright marquee and old movie signage matched the overall vibe of the shoot. Its just extra sweet that the location could also hold significance for the couple. Scott's Addition is such a vibrant part of the city with a lot to do, see, and consume all in one spot! We popped over to Burger and Brew for a quick milkshake and a few photos with the iconic sign. Pro Tip#1 if its your engagement session hold hands whenever you walk anywhere. Crossing a sidewalk or a street-- even if your photographer is behind you, they might just be taking that opportunity to snap a few photos. Pro Tip #2: A little prop can go a long way for any session. It gives the photos a more candid feel and having an action to do or something to interact with can help you feel more comfortable and confident in front of the camera.
There is honestly so much you can do with flash and to be honest we only scraped the surface with this session but it was so much fun to shoot at a different time of day and to use a familiar tool in a new way. To anyone wanting something a little different for their next session, I say don't be shy! Play, have fun, and be open to different ideas. Whether it's the setting, time of day, or style of the shoot no matter how "crazy" you might think your idea is, talk to your photographer. They'll be more receptive than you think!