2012 – Year End Review: Favorite Images Part Four - Chicago Fine Art Wedding Photography

For part four of our "Year End Review" we are going to look at some couple portraits (non-wedding day) that were done in 2012!  These types of sessions (often engagement or anniversary) always offer the perfect mix of excitement and anticipation.  I particularly love an engagement session because it gives a great opportunity to truly get to know our soon to be Bride and Groom.  The amount of excitement the couple brings to the shoot as they draw nearer to their wedding day gives the session a unique feeling that other types of portraiture just don't have.

For Starters

This engagement photograph really speaks of the power of capturing a "moment" to me.  While there is an certainly an art to posing (especially if done with subtlety), there is just something about capturing an image that is purely a moment contrived and shared by the couple you are shooting.  In the overall sequence of this session I have another photo directly after this one that shows the couple kissing.  While there is something nice about a photographed kiss, I tend to gravitate to the "just before" moments.  I find the moment just before a kiss to often be my favorite from a session.  I love the expressions, the anticipation, the gesture of love between the couple, and it doesn't hurt that you can wholly see both their profiles!  For these reasons this image is one of my favorites of 2012.

Being a beautiful overcast Autumn day, this photo was shot with purely natural light.  The overcast clouds acted as a giant diffused light source, and I didn't want to ruin the moment by intruding with a reflector.  The camera was set at 200mm, f/2.8, ISO 200, and a 1/400 a sec shutter speed. 

Next Up

Here we have a portrait that I shot earlier in the year, yet it has remained one of my personal favorites, as well as one of my most remarked upon photos.Again, I just have to say that sometimes you just need to give your couple some space to interact within.The sun was just about completely gone so I asked Jared and Kim to walk to the end of the pier.  The most challenging part of this photo was getting the right perspective so I didn't lose Jared and Kim's silhouette into the Naval Ship out on the horizon.  Now, if you know me, you might notice that I am not the tallest of people (5 ft 9 in when I stand up really straight).  This shot need to be from a higher vantage point.  So, I hopped on the step ladder we always bring with us and I held the camera above my head while doing my best to find focus using the "live view" mode most Canon camera have.  When it's dark, this can be even more of a challenge.  First because it is harder to see, and second because I had to drop the shutter to 1/30th of a sec.  Not getting camera shake was challenge.  In the end, tired arms were well worth it!

This was made with only the available ambient light using the reflective water to carve out the silhouettes.  It was shot with a 50mm lens set to f/2.8, ISO 400, and a 1/30th a sec shutter speed.

- Jordan