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Bill & Emily’s Engagement Portrait Session

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Two friends of mine just recently got engaged, so you can imagine how honored I felt when they asked me to shoot their official engagement portraits. It’s very exciting to get to take part in something that beautiful and special.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

We scheduled an afternoon at a farm outside of Atlanta for the photo shoot and hoped for great weather. When I got there that day, they had already prepared one of the amazing locations there for a particular shot. Because they’re both musicians and because music is such a huge part of their lives, we wanted some of the photographs to really show their mutual love for it. As you’ll see, guitars and drums were incorporated into several of their portraits.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

It was a great, productive time. I had a blast working with them both–besides individually they also make a great couple. I want to thank them both again for letting me take part in that day. For the readers, I want to leave you all with this last photo of Bill & Emily: I think its a powerful portrait of the two heading into the future to begin their lives together.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
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Back Lighting

This post features photographs that I took while experimenting with back lighting. While at a local horse farm during the time of sunset, I noticed a horse standing in a field on a hill. The sunlight was shining through his hair creating long shadows across the hard ground and tall stalks of grass.

I moved quickly to the field, entered through an old gate, and tried to silently approach the horse so as to get into a choice position. I snapped several shots before the animal noticed I was there and the light began to fade.

These two shots were taken with a 50mm lens at f-stop 2.2 for 1/640 of a second. I used a faster shutter speed in case the horse decided to move while I was taking the photograph.

Enjoy the gallery, click on a photo to enlarge. 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

Perspective can make all of the difference in photography and that makes this week’s photo challenge so very appropriate.

If you are a photographer, what do you want the viewer to see? By cropping you control the emotional tone of the photo. Only showing particular elements can completely alter the story or lead the viewer to make assumptions that might not be true.

A photo of a violinist’s face grimacing without showing the instrument he’s playing is — a man in pain? A close-up of someone running, is he being chased or — at a track & field event? A detail shot of a horse’s rear-end is really — a girl shoeing a horse (scroll down to see the cropped and uncropped entry photos side-by-side)…