Sneak Preview : Leanne & Rob ENGAGED!

Leanne and Rob in their Jeep TJ overlooking Gatineau, Quebec by Ottawa Wedding Photographer, Christian Lee

Paradise by the Dashboard lights

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.

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