St Paul Engagement Photos | A Somber Evening at Hidden Falls
Being actors, both Jane & Ryan found both creative satisfaction and personal fulfillment within the realm of creative collaboration. Theirs is a relationship of generosity, play and a melding of minds. Their willingness to be vulnerable stuck out to me most during this most unique shoot, where we shot in what felt like an extended two hour twilight. I love taking St Paul engagement photos, it is such a beautiful area in the Twin Cities. Both comic and serious, gentle and firm, Jane and Ryan fell gracefully in and out of sculptural poses like human Rodin figures; their love as gentle and golden as the faint sunlight that occasionally crept through the clouds.
In many ways this engagement shoot at Hidden Falls Regional Park is different from any one I've ever done. And it most likely won't become my norm in terms of engagement shoots. But I knew from speaking to Jane that both she and Ryan wanted something a little different, a bit more serious and they were okay with moodier photos. I drew my inspiration primarily from Annie Leibovitz's darker work. In the consultation (a great one, which lasted well over an hour), Jane and I both discussed the appeal of Leibovitz's work and how her experimentation with posing and concepts could influence their engagement and wedding photos. Now, let's be clear: I'm not delusional and don't think I'm Annie Leibovitz! But I do prefer to use photographers outside of the wedding industry as sources for inspiration, and I did feel this was a quite inspired shoot, with more playing with shadows and light and the somber tones than I typically do.
If you check out my site a bit, you'll see that I've shot at Hidden Falls numerous times. It is indeed one of my most requested sites and that is because of it's diversity of backdrops (though I must stress that most of the locations I shoot at have a good blend of forestry, garden area and water nearby). What's interesting is how much the light affects the mood of the shoot and the outcome of the photos. I now ask couples - do you want more sunny photos or more pensive, somber photos? I can do both. It's sort of a reflection of my personality. But it's important I know what the couple wants - it definitely affects what time of day I schedule the shoot. This shoot was clearly early evening/golden hour period. I must say that the light this evening was very unusual and the skies were heavily overcast, giving the entire area a sort of twilight feel for about two hours.
In the photo above, Jane and Ryan's ability to take on roles really shines through. Because they most definitely have their Bonnie and Clyde faces here. Strangely enough, we found this amazing little hut (with a sign over it saying "Hotel") already built in the middle of the woods, with no occupants nearby. It was too good not to take a few shots here, even give the moody and sparse light.