Welcome to our new blog series Featured Favorite Friday where Tim & I will be sharing our favorite photos and telling you all about them. However, it isn’t your ordinary “This is my favorite photo” blog post – we decided to toss it up a bit like only Visual Appeal Studios can.
Tim will be selecting his favorite photographs taken by me and I will be selecting my favorite shots from his repertoire. We will then tell you the how, the why and the story behind the selected photographs and what makes them special to us.
Tim had photographed Sandra before we started working together and while I was still busy dreaming of doing what he was doing. Yep, Tim was living my dream. Don’t get me wrong, I was photographing and photographing and photographing but, in my mind, it was not nearly as glamorous as Tim’s life behind the camera!
I’ve always admired Tim’s technical precision. Tim always knows the right aperture for the task at hand and his selection of f/4 was the sweet spot for this portrait. It allowed him to have Sandra’s stunning eyes and her face in focus while the less important parts of the image are slightly out of focus. This, along with the composition, draws the eyes attention to the focus of the image. The portrait is closely cropped with the folds of the fabric and the line of her hand bringing the eye around in a swoop back, again, to the focus of the photo.
The model is beautifully lit. There isn’t a reflection from flash in her eyes so that would indicate this is a natural light portrait. If you look very closely at her eyes you can see the reflection of snow on the ground. Tim was letting the sunlight bounce from the snow up onto Sandra’s face to fill in from harsh shadows.
There is an intensity to this portrait that makes me wonder what she’s thinking and feeling. That’s what keeps me coming back to this image. Great modeling and great photography combined to tell a story that I’ll never know the end of.
One of Ashley’s photos that I’ve found very moving was the most recent weddings that we had the privilege of photographing.
Chris is watching his wonderful wife Kayla partake in their father/daughter dance. I usually have spent most of my time capturing the father/daughter dance up front, so I’ve never really been able to see it how the groom would see it from his seat. Ashley snuck back there. It was moving to me because it put me in Chris’ shoes, wondering what it’d be like to watch my potential future wife dance with her father. I’m very thankful to be part of a two person team. We have the luxury of being able to try something new without worrying about one person running around trying to cover the whole reception.