Loring Park Portraits Session | Loring Park Wedding Photographer
The way the light would hit the promenade of the former Walker Art Center Sculpture garden always impressed me. The sun would set and you'd get a glow from the sun reflecting off the cocoa-colored path. These sorts of reflective wonders are called "natural reflectors amongst photographers, and tend to give subjects a flattering, dreamy glow. Natural reflectors work like a beauty dish for the skin, and usually are best when the colors are in the vicinity of white, tan, or gray. Anyway, while doing this portraits session with the lovely Abigail, there was much more than natural reflectors at work. Abigail's natural ease in front of the camera, and her carefree openness to posing really came off in the photos. These photos were all shot with a Contax 645 camera, on FujiPro 400H and Kodak Ektar film.
One of my favorite photos from the sessions was the one above. Funnily enough, I had been listening to Bjork's Debut album the night before. The cover photo of the album is a similar pose, which I found really worked with Abigail & didn't seem contrived or forced. A lot of times, with poses, something like that will happen and I'll try out certain poses that I've seen in fashion mags or in music. Ultimately, if it doesn't work or if the subject feels awkward or can't make it their own, we scrap it and move on!
I must admit I love the contrast between moody photos and bright, ethereal ones. I think there's some beauty in that contrast. Most of the time, though, my clients will prefer one or the other. The photos above are an example of something more moody, while the photo at the top is something more ethereal and soft. See the difference? Anyway, I really liked these photos we shot under the pine trees and against the rock sculpture in the former Walker Sculpture Garden.
Jumping back to the more ethereal photos, when I want that softening effect I will usually shoot using backlighting and Fuji400H film overexposed. That's the famous trick you see used by a number of wedding photographers - Jose Villa and Erich McVey included.