Thursday, September 23, 2010

Terms of engagement


I had the chance to shoot an engagement session recently in the historic town square of Woodstock, Illinois. The one that was used in the movie Groundhog Day to recreate Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

It was an intimate session. Just Katie, her fiance Brent, my wife as an assistant and 200 partygoers crammed into the square for a late summer festival of some sort. The soiree was not listed on the square's upcoming events on the town web site. Ah, well. So much for recreating Bill Murray/Andie MacDowell dancing in the gazebo.

We made do. We hung around the outskirts of the square and I used clever angles and the occasional Photoshop clone tool to hide anyone who wandered into the background.

I love shooting late day portraits. I love shooting early morning, too, but haven't been able to interest too many clients in getting up before sunrise to get to a location. The low sun in the sky offers a whole lot of lighting possibilities that don't exist midday.

The picture above was lit with a single speedlight with a shoot-through umbrella to compensate for having the sun behind the subjects.

More pictures from this session can be found on my Facebook photography page.

Photograph © 2010 James Jordan.

1 comment:

SJW said...

I'm digging the portraits, but am SO looking forward to you rolling out some Fall landscapes!