It pays to have a photographer in the family sometimes. Some photographers have a strict rule against photographing their family. Mixing business with family can be a problem for some people. Not for me. This is my youngest brother, Jonathan, and his amazing fiancee and now wife, Kelli Jo!
To be honest, these photos are several years old and I am just now blogging them on this website! That shows how far behind I am in my blogging responsibilities. But I am caught up on my photo editing and delivering photos to clients… that it the important thing.
For most the photos I am using my portable lighting kit. This creates great light for shooting at the different locations. I can also make the couple standout during an amazing sunset over the lake for example.
Since Jonathan and Kelli Jo are family we had a bit more flexibility. I photographed their engagements on two different days. We photographed in a park in Orem, Utah. That park has a duck pond and swings and we created some photographs of them riding their razor scooters. I really think that having an activity as part of the photo shoot really takes things up a notch. It could be mountain biking, it could be sailing, it could be skiing, it could be baking chocolate chip cookies. I think that lifestyle approach to a photo shoot really makes things more personal and gives the couple something to do.
I love shooting in the evening before during and just after sunset. We have a variety of different light and we have the chance for some amazing texture in the sky if there are the pink and orange clouds during a sunset.
Sometimes it is fun to play around with a toy camera, film camera, or a plastic toy lens. It can create a 1970s style photograph which can be fun and quirky. Maybe I should try a whole photo shoot with the fun and quirky.
If I could photograph people in sunsets like this all the time… I would be very happy and everyone would look amazing. Next time, I am removing the groom’s digital watch. It is also smart to empty your pockets for a photo shoot. That may or may not be a phone in someone’s pocket is something you don’t want to hear.
Utah Lake is a shallow lake full of carp. However, the marina can be quite photogenic with a setting sun and the portable lighting kit. We also played with a silhouette for a few photographs.