We absolutely loved shooting Maurice and Lindsey intimate wedding. You might remember them from their gorgeous Berkley Engagement Session. I love doing small wedding as you really get to capture the details and mood of your couple. As soon as we went arrived at the spot where Lindsey was preparing and getting ready we knew the day would be eventful and full of love. The lighting was gorgeous and she was ever ready to see Maurice. The biggest thing this couple wanted to experience on their special day was a first look. Maurice is a huge romantic, and we knew that this moment would be priceless, as it was. Everything was so beautiful and just so for this wedding. Just like the Maurice and Lindsey; congratulations again!
Every photographer has there style and eye. (At least they should!) I am currently a fanatic when it comes to using nature to frame my subjects, along with taking negative space and making it super dreamy and romantic. Below I’ll will break down briefly what these are and how you can create artistic portraits with only your phone!
Framing is just like it sounds! You use your surroundings to create a “frame” around your subject. You can use trees, mirrors, leaves, and so much more! Framing helps not only center your subject, but also adds range, depth, and even contrast. All great things! The best way to capture great framing is to look for holes! I know your thinking huh? Yes, look for gaps in plants, items that drop down, or even cut outs. Then use your home button on your phone (Circle on bottom of iPhones) to center your-subject. You may have to move around and play with angles. You want the subject to be centered with that home button!
Negative Space can be tricky, more so because it’s definitely all about preference and taste. I’ve had people love the look and hate the look. However, when done right it honestly can add a style and view of portraits many people don’t have. However, I know hearing the word “negative” in any fashion is a automatic turn off. We are turning that ‘negative’ into a positive! In the photo sense negative just refers to blank space. When shooting I look for settings that I can photograph a lot of negative space, but still adds to the picture and creates a “theme” or mood. Currently many photographers are the shooting a lot of white negative space. Which looks great on instagram, however might not always go over well with a client. I particularly shoot this way with couples. Why? Idk I just personally think it creates a more intimate loving mood, but I don't look for large empty white space. I look for large areas that include color, texture, and overall balance. See example to the left. How to do it? Using the same technique as the framing, but now your going to tilt your phone up. So that you capture more of the space above. You can also use the rule of thirds. (Google it)
And that my friends is some simple tricks to change those iPhone Portrait Mode into some fun and new fine art portraits! Now go out there and try it and don’t forget to tag us in your post we’d love to see how it works for you and what you capture!
There is one thing that San Francisco is always consistent about, and thats being completely inconsistent when it comes to the weather. Any true Bay Area resident knows you can be blocking the sun out your eye near City Hall or pulling through winds of 65mph near the coast. Such was the case when capturing these two young love birds.
I have personally known Alex since he was a young child so when I got an email from him inquiring about portraits I almost fell out. YOUNG LOVE is the absolute best, and it’s a pleasure that young couples such as him and his beautiful fiancé chose us to capture their love story.
Lands End always creates for a special session because sometimes the area is clear and sunny and others it can be foggy and overcast, and in its rare special moments we can have both. I like the days it’s kind of overcast as it creates for a beautiful dreamy look. Which was perfect for these two.
How did these two meet? In a short version: Alex met Kim during his shift volunteering in the SF area. How did the bond? Naturally over boba! (I have yet to try it! Don't judge.) Kim loves boba, but most of her friends didn’t so Alex of course became her boba guide around the city, and between cafes, milk, and strong tea a love was formed.
We only can share part of their story as with all love stories; as we believe words can’t really explain what two people feel and see in each other. Sometimes we happen to capture a glimpse of it behind the lens of a camera, or even greater we get to stand in its presence and just feel its strength. Here's a small creamy glimpse of these two engagement session. 💍🍾