There are many important variables that go in to creating the perfect exposure: framing, subject, foreground, background etc. It's our opinion that the single most important aspect, however, is light. When we're in a new area with a client, or maybe just with our kids, Kelsey and I are always on the look out for bright, soft light. Usually we tend to look for a nice spot of "open shade" where the light isn't too dappled by leaves, and isn't shining directly on whomever we're shooting. This means we tend to go to great lengths to avoid taking photographs in direct sunlight.
Last week, in my shoot with Lynsi, I decided to break that rule entirely. We met just after noon in the dead of winter, when the sun was at it's highest and brightest on a cloudless day. While this would normally be the worst of conditions the unique challenge allowed me to explore some different perspectives.
I focused on abstraction and minimalism to isolate my subject and emphasize negative space. When photographing weddings and families, it's not often we get a chance to play with such dramatic and uncharacteristic styles. This was such a treat to shoot and edit, and I couldn't be more pleased with the results.
As life returns to normal after the rush and bustle of the holiday season, our world has slowed down and leveled out. While it's a relief to finally get back into something resembling a routine, we risk becoming too complacent. At times like this Kelsey and I like to shake things up and get creative, it keeps our minds open and our perspectives fresh.
So, I set out on the weekend while the sun was at it's apex to work on new techniques, and alternate visions. The goal for this shoot was to to emphasize stark contrast, and negative space. Drawing influence from great minimalist photographers like Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Patricia Romero we set out from Springbrook into the surrounding farmer's fields.
January 31, 2016
As we dive into editing, and begin ramping back up into the busy season it was a treat to get outside my photography wheelhouse and try something new. I can't wait to share the fruits of this labour in the coming weeks.