couple beach portrait, engagement shoot

couple beach portrait, engagement shoot
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BarryHillSr April 08, 2015
Welcome to VB! Awesome shot!
alexapoppe April 10, 2015
Thanks! Was an awesome couple to shoot with too. Pleased you like it! ;-)

Behind The Lens

I took this photo at Crantock Beach in Cornwall. It's near my office and always great for photoshoots as it offers a great variety of backdrops like steep cliffs and grassy, sandy dunes.
I met the couple for a coffee at a nearby cafe late morning, it's a good way to get to know each other a bit before the shoot, so the couple can just relax during the shoot. This way I get more natural shots. I was planning our meeting around the low tide as I knew I wanted to play with the reflection on the sand, gladly the weather worked out amazing. I used a Canon 70-200mm, 2.8 lens and let the couple walk ahead of me and forget about that I was there. I use the shutter speed quite wide open to get a nice effect on the wet sand in the foreground.
The let morning sun was perfect to bring out the reflections on the wet sand. Waiting in the distance with a long lens I got low down in the sand and let the couple walk ahead on the wet sand patch, just waiting for the right moment to capture.
This was shot on a Canon 5D markiii and a Canon 70-200, 2.8 lens. Nothing else needed.
I usually walk my dog on this beach and seeing the beautiful reflections on the wet sand I thought I would have to use it in one of my engagement shoots. Her colourful outfit was perfect
Just added a bit of contrast and vibrance. Nothing else needed.
In my camera bag
I usually shoot on my Canon 5D mark iii, for weddings I bring a 5D mark ii as a spare. I have 2 Canon speed lights, but usually just use one if needed. I try to work with natural light where possible and only use flash if it's really needed, for example for fill lights etc. I sometimes use the second flash in the evening for a dramatic backlight setup. I also bring a reflector, they can be quite handy on sunny days.. I also carry around the following lenses: Canon 70-200, 2.8; Canon 35mm 1.4, Canon 24-70, 2.8; Canon 50mm, 1.4. And a whole lot of memory cards and batteries for weddings ;-)
Take a walk in your nearby countryside and look for reflections on water puddles or lakes etc. Wet streets can be good after a rain downpour. Or if you live in a city, I used to play with window reflections, they can be quite interesting too. Just keep your eyes open when you go for a stroll, I never stop, I always look for new photo opportunities, even when I'm not on a shoot.

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