One of my college girlfriends recently got engaged.
I am so stinkin’ happy for her; you cannot imagine! You see, we spent hours talking about the stupid boys in our college town, the sort of men we were praying would arrive on our doorsteps one day, and where on earth would we possibly find such enigmas…
Turns out, church is the place to meet a man!
Who knew; RIGHT?!
I mean, I wouldn’t suggest looking for a mate at church to anyone, but it happened to both of us; which I find hilariously odd.
Anyway, she lives about 4 hours away from me, so I’ve been engaging in the usual Facebook voyeurism to snoop on this new love…
In photos, I like the way he looks at her; like he has let his whole world get wrapped up in her. That’s exactly what she prayed for. And she is smitten! I really love it!!
So, when they got engaged, I offered to hop up there for a little engagement photo shoot. I really wanted to just meet the guy and make sure he was what he appeared to be.
I think he is. And so, I approve. (As if I have a say or something…)
I’m thrilled for my friend. Her prayers are being answered. God is good!
Now for the shop talk:
This was an outdoor (clearly) photo shoot at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens in Tallahassee. (This place was clearly designed to display the glory of North Florida’s majestic oaks.) It was a partly cloudy and breezy day, so my light kept changing. That would be a challenge on any given day, but this day, I was photographing two people with two different shades of dark skin. I’ve shot darker skin in a studio setting before, but not outdoors. Luckily, these two are pretty and give good face (hehehe), so I could use more of my focus on my constantly-changing lighting settings. I definitely learned a LOT and the latter images are much better than the former.
Equipment & Settings
Body: Canon 7D
Lens: 17-55mm (the newest love of my life!)
Aperture: 800-1200 range at f/5
I recently learned that the lower the ISO, the sharper the images will be (for the most part), so I shoot as low as my camera body will allow; which is 200.
For the ring shots, I used a 60mm macro with aperture: 250ish at f/2.8. I love the clarity I can get with that macro. I can literally see the dirt on the diamond when I zoom in during post!
I’m really pleased with how these turned out. More importantly, I got to see my friend be loved exactly the way she’s prayed to be loved by a very good man. I am so over the moon for her!!
Love is a very good thing, indeed.~ Stephanie