Ijeoma and Maxwell’s engagement shoot was one of my more challenging photo shoots – but more on that later! The pair got in touch with me online and booked me for an all-day wedding shoot, before adding on an engagement shoot later on.
Outdoor shoot in London
I’m pretty flexible when it comes to photo shoot locations, so in the end we settled on the gorgeous Regents Park in London. The park has lots of charming little corners that are ideal for photography, and the sunlight really brought all the colours out in the surrounding trees and bushes.
Ijeoma and Maxwell were a joy to work with – their smiles were totally infectious and this came across perfectly in the photography. I didn’t have to give them any instruction whatsoever – they took to posing completely naturally, resulting in elegant photographs which made them look simply fabulous. We tried some romantic poses plus a few cheeky ones to add that element of fun.
Adapting to strong sunlight
Despite Ijeoma and Maxwell’s natural adeptness for posing, the day was not without its challenges. Usually, good weather is a blessing but the sun was very strong for this shoot! Thankfully, there are a number of techniques I can use to ensure the perfect finish. To avoid shadows in my clients’ faces, or worse still, awkward squinting, I always ask them to stand with the sun behind them. However, this can cause “silhouette” pictures, so I always ensure I carefully expose their faces, even if this means making the background almost white or “blown out”.
Alternatively, another solution is to work entirely in the shade, but this presents another challenge – the appearance of “non-shadow” spots, even in the background, which may look very bright compared to the rest of the photograph. What’s more, the only light source from shade photographs is reflections from surroundings, which can give photographs in a park setting an undesirable green tint! Black and white photographs can solve this problem, but with Ijeoma and Maxwell we decided to work in the sunlight to make the most of the generous colour palette around us.
I had a fantastic time working with the very professional Ijeoma and Maxwell, and I’m sure their wedding will be just as much fun! If you’d like to know more about my pre-wedding engagement shoots, give me a call today.