I had a lot of fun photographing Amanda and Matt for their engagement photos. Amanda had found me recently through a google search. She was displeased with her scheduled photographer and needed a change before the big day. I am so glad she found me and hired me for the big day. Which is fast approaching, It is happening on August 25th. So, we needed to knock out these pictures ASAP. I had met Amanda but not her Fiancé’ Matt. Aside from all of the wonderful things she said about him in our initial interview, the one thing that stood out (literally) was his height. Let me put it to you this way, If Matt reclined in a car, his feet would arrive about fifteen minutes before his head. So I wasn’t surprised at the height challenges of taking engaging photographs when they both showed up for the shoot.
Amanda and Matt wanted to shoot at one of their favorite places in Chester, County, PA. It is actually one of my favorite spots too. It is located in Glenmoore, PA. The property is called Springton Manor Farms and is one of the only fully functioning farms in the country owned by the state government.It has beautiful barns, pastures and ponds to use as backdrops.
When Amanda and Matt arrived, I knew this was a guy I could really look up to . . . (rim shot)! I had planned a few playful looks incorporating the pasture fences to have a playful poke at their height differences. Matt seemed on board with my hijinks and of course added to the fun with his satirical humor. (my fave kind BTW.)
The first thing I wanted to do was to get to know Matt and Amanda better. So I sat them down on the old rock fence at Springton Manor. I basically wanted to do an interview while snapping candid photos of them interacting. Amanda had stressed during the initial interview that she prefers an editorial style shoot for her wedding. I, of course, wanted to give her the same results for her engagement pics.
Then I wanted to have a little fun with the height difference. I put Amanda on the bottom rung of a pasture fence to be able to “reach” Matt’s lips for a smooch.
But my favorite “catch’, which is one of the reasons I love being a photographer, happened right at the beginning of sundown. We were walking to the big barn to snap a few more pics and as Amanda and Matt were walking ahead of me, i noticed the setting sun. I said “hang on, we gotta try something.”! So I lined them up for several poses while the sun started to disappear behind the tree line. Now I knew this was a great shot, but I was unsure of how I was going to finish it. If you know anything about my work, I edit. I am a photographer and artist. Normally I know what kind of editing I am going to do before hitting the shutter. But this shot, I knew would eventual reveal itself to me. I tried soft focus, a watercolor wash and finally edited it to the final shot below.
I decided to merge a few frames into a HDR format. It took me a while to paint the colors and make adjustments but it was well worth it. I love the majesty that is created by this picture. I wanted their love highlighted and exemplified by the streams of sunshine. Love is powerful and I wanted this picture to be a good example of their love for one another. I had a great time working with Amanda and Matt and I am looking forward to being a part of their special day.
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