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thunderlake April 08, 2016
Excellent and so unique!!
 
fabriciogiugni May 25, 2016
Just perfect
 
catherinewetzell June 09, 2016
I feel like this photo portrays to me how relationships can be mysterious but very enjoyable in the mystery.
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Chrissywphoto July 15, 2016
Your use of light in all your images blows me away!!!
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NaturalEyePhotography August 02, 2016
I am so in love just looking at this photo
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newphotography August 10, 2016
Amazing Photo :)
 
davidkulp August 10, 2016
Your use of late is inspirational.
 
Barbaka August 10, 2016
WOW! It is like... Love's Light is Shining on them!! Beautiful!!!
 
JodieHowarth August 11, 2016
This is brilliant. I love it
 
nancybrown August 11, 2016
perfect timing
 
MamaSan54 August 12, 2016
Awesome photo, what caught my eye first was the ghostly figure above the girls head amidst the trees...
 
Heather01 October 02, 2016
The light coming through is such a perfect way of showing how love is a breakthrough of light as well
 
chomanolo December 09, 2016
Beautiful *****
 
stephenshaffer February 02, 2017
Great Photo
 
DanielleLyneePhotography February 05, 2017
This is incredible!!!!!
 
CherBear77 April 20, 2017
It reflects exactly how love feels magical and full of light. It's a wonderful photograph!
 
pjetkagrotewal April 29, 2017
Amazing white the sunlight going trough!
 
jarrodreque August 30, 2017
Follow me on Instagram! I follow back! @jrequeallday
 
Mrsviruet September 03, 2017
Beautiful
 
susma December 05, 2017
Beautiful
 
mahzad62 September 27, 2018
Very Beautiful
 
DNproSTUDIO September 28, 2018
looks good
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stphaniebouchard_9218 September 28, 2018
Amazing
 
EricaAlmquist Jul 02
Beautiful!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at the Hoover Reservoir near Columbus, Ohio. At the reservoir we found a beautiful pine grove, and because it was after 7pm, the sun was low enough to create harsh directional, horizontal light and shadows between the trees.
Time
On this early April day, it was nearly the golden hour, about 7:15pm.
Lighting
The two most important technical aspects that Sam and Kyle wanted for their session was a sunset and to use smoke. After taking a few shots in the grove, we decided that this was the perfect spot to use the smoke. I positioned Kyle and Sam in a light streak between two shadows, and then Josh (my husband, who was assisting me) lit a green smoke stick and ran around them. As the smoke moved through the air, Kyle and Sam embraced and kissed and connected, and I captured this frame.
Equipment
With my Mark III, 35mm, and settings at f/2.2, ISO 100 and slightly underexposed at 1/80, I photographed my back lit subjects, taking one shot after another. It wasn't until I looked through my playback that I saw what we just created together. I showed Kyle and Sam, and we were all ecstatic.
Inspiration
My heartfelt desire is to photograph people and moments as they are. I may tell my clients where to stand, but I’m not the type of photographer who plans poses, I want to capture my couples in an honest state, because that what's beautiful. When you look at a photograph you should be able to not only see it, but feel its emotions. So my portrait sessions are unconventional, I'm not afraid to give direction, but I like to watch the moments play out on their own. The only vision I have before shooting is getting to know the couples that my husband and I work with. For engagement sessions, we always like to meet with our couples beforehand for coffee and just get to know them and their stories; and we also share our story with them. Sharing couple-to-couple has really helped our clients feel comfortable with opening up to us and being raw in front of the camera. In order for us to document a couple's story, from their engagement session to their wedding day, the very best that we can, I like to get to the guts and the bits and pieces and the intimacy of their story. I'm not just talking about their personal love story, I'm also talking about their individual stories. I want to know the whos and the whys. If they choose to add something special to their ceremony, or if they've chosen to wear an heirloom, I want to know. I want to know why they decided daisies over roses, or vise versa. I want to know what makes their traditional wedding nontraditional for them. I want to know their individual choices so that Josh and I can fully understand and capture the entirety of their story. The goal of sessions is never the scenery or special effects, it's always the honest connection of the couple. My husband and I met with Kyle and Sam before their session for coffee, and instantly connected. Although this was the first time we met, they felt like old friends. We went to the Franklin Conservatory in Columbus first, and although it was pretty we all felt cramped and restricted. We left there and had dinner together before heading to the Hoover Reservoir, where this photo was captured. The smoke illumined the sunbeams that were already shining in between Kyle and Sam's embrace. The true beauty, to me, is their beautiful connection--the sunbeams and smoke just actuated it.
Editing
Post processing was fairly simple. The in-camera image was already at great quality. For simplicity, I'm going to list my in Adobe Lightroom processing steps: 1) Preset Portra 160+1, 2) Shadows +100, 3) Highlights +17, 4) White Clipping +54, 5) Black Clipping -17, 6) Contrast +10, 7) Orange Luminance Shift -12, 8) Yellow Luminance Shift +14, 9) Red Luminance Shift +42, 10) Green Luminance Shift +23, 11) Yellow Saturation Shift +5, 12) Red Saturation Shift +42, 13) Removed all grain, 14) Exported and then applied 100% grain to blocked up shadows in Alien Skin Exposure. And that's all folks.
In my camera bag
In my olive green Langly bag, I carry a Canon Mark III, Canon 35mm f/1.4L, Canon 85mm f/1.8, Sigma Art 50, Canon Speedlight 430EX II, and a set of Fractal Filters (which are like prisms).
Feedback
As stated before, the connection of the couple needs to be genuine, otherwise it may look too tense or awkward. But other than that, light is everything. If I took this couple to the pine grove in the middle of the day, we would have never been able to capture this moment in this way. The sun needs to be low enough to create the directional light and long shadows. The smoke usage was really just to make visible the invisible light that was already there. Once you feel like you have your shot set-up, take a lot of frames. Since the smoke is constantly moving, taking a lot of images can help you capture different aspects of the sunlight and emotion between your subjects.

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