What a rush. Yesterday was Leanne & Rob’s wedding and it was an amazing day. Despite some scary looking weather and other challenges, the day went-off without a hitch. I’ll have a full blog post at some point in the next week or two, but wanted to at least throw out a taste of what an amazing day this was. When I saw that the apple blossoms were out on the Marshes golf course, I knew I had to work them into some of the portraits. This is my favorite from the day…enjoy!
This past Saturday, Leanne & Rob managed to let me squeeze-in an engagement shoot, before their wedding in just 2 weeks. I have known Leanne for a bunch of years now though a mutual friend, and she’s quite a character. Back-story : The first time I met her, she somehow dragged our group of friends to a karaoke bar in one of the roughest parts of town on a Friday evening. Leanne had made everyone in our group kindergarten-type name tags, which was a wonderful idea. We didn’t feel out-of-place enough in our business attire, the name tags would really help us blend-in! That’s Leanne – always full of surprises.
Leanne was also a guest at the very first wedding I photographed, and I was thrilled when she called me to announce her engagement to Rob, and asked me to shoot their wedding. After spending some time with the two of them, it’s clear how they ended-up together. Rob is a super nice guy, and while he is really funny – he’s also *just* serious enough to keep Leanne’s zaniness somewhat under control. And he paints her toenails. That’s all I’m saying…
As I often do for e-sessions, I asked if there were any special places that would be cool to tie-in to the shoot, and Leanne mentioned that their very first date was at Murray Street Kitchen, and that they both have Jeeps and love to take them out to play in the mud on the weekends. I immediately reached-out to Murray Street’s owner, Steve Mitton via Twitter, explained the story and asked if we could shoot in the restaurant before it got busy. He was kind enough to oblige, so we started our session there. Afterwards, we just walked around Ottawa’s Byward Market looking for interesting spots with nice light, before heading to Gatineau Provincial Park with Rob’s Jeep, to capture a bit more of an outdoor feel near sunset.
Despite me dragging them all over the place for a few hours, they were total rock stars and were a ton of fun to work with. Rob was particularly comfortable in front of the camera – a shock to both Leanne and I, I think. Can’t wait for the wedding – which will be at the gorgeous Marshes Golf Club at Brookstreet Hotel.
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I just came home from spending a few hours with Leanne & Rob on this gorgeous Saturday evening doing their engagement photos. I’m absolutely exhausted (and I’m sure they are as well), but I couldn’t wait to check-out the very last shot we got of the day (above). When Leanne told me that she and Rob both had Jeeps and loved to take them out to play on the weekends, I knew I had to think of a creative way to incorporate at least one of them in their e-session.
This shot was taken at the Champlain Lookout in Gatineau Park, Quebec – a gorgeous spot that overlooks the valley and Ottawa River.
I really love this shot, and I’m happy it worked-out. It was a bit tricky to get for a few reasons:
First, today was one of the few gorgeous weekend days we’ve had so far this spring, so there were people EVERYWHERE! I had to use strategic camera angles to get a clean shot – there are probably 7-10 people behind the Jeep, actually.
Secondly, to get the exposure balanced to bring out the rich colours in the gorgeous sunset, Leanne and Rob would have been silhouettes. I had to light them. To solve this, I put a small Speedlight in the cuphoder of the Jeep (between them) facing forward towards the dashboard, and draped the dashboard with one of Rob’s white shirts (found in back of Jeep) – so it reflected the light from the flash back at them in a nice, soft way. I was hoping that the effect would resemble the soft glow of the dashboard lights.
The third element that was tricky was triggering the light with my camera. I use wireless triggers to synchronize the camera shutter with the flash, but I was having reliability issues for some reason. Thankfully I had a backup set, and even though those weren’t perfect, they worked well enough to get the shot. I’m not sure if the Jeep was causing interference…I’ll have to troubleshoot before the next time I need them.
The rest of the engagement set should be up by mid-week. I can’t drag my feet because their wedding is in just 2 short weeks. Can’t wait!
Here’s the pre-meditation that was done over breakfast. I think it turned out even better than I imagined – must be Leanne & Rob’s steamy kissing! You can also see why I opt for photography over freehand drawing…though this was from memory and I think I pretty much nailed the side mirrors.