An 80’s Vibe Harsh Light Couples Session To Make You Remember Your Childhood

I've been watching Zach and Rosalies' growth over the year, and I've been so encouraged any time they've posted things in the photo group. Their work reminds me of the early 90's and the 80's and I wish I could jump into them to feel the nostalgia of my childhood. Look through this set and then follow them to see all of the amazing work they're producing.

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What was your inspiration behind the shoot and the use of light?

We were inspired by how light and shadow isolates the subject. I have really been trying to be intentional lately with my light and my lines. This session was also a step into a more industrial vibe. Using buildings and concrete instead of nature has really been a focus lately.  Straight lines are also kind of a theme here. Overall I wanted to create some images that give the viewer a sense of hard division. Whether that be lines or light, separation is the important thing to look for in this session. Separating the dark from the light, using lines to draw the viewers’ eye to the subject. Contrast does the work for you if you can learn how to use it.

How did you prepare your clients for this type of session?

We prepared this couple by just letting them know that it would get weird and our direction may get really specific. They were super cooperative and trusting for the session.

What techniques did you use that were out of the norm?

A technique we used that would be outside of the norm was, as I mentioned above, getting really specific. We have built of foundation on unposed images and the industry has propelled that to the forefront. Nothing wrong with that, a lot of our stuff is still complimented with the technique. This time we wanted to go the complete opposite direction. Telling the couple exactly how to pose and exactly what to do in each image. Being intentional with each image helped us take a minimal amount of photos during the session.

Any advice to other clients or photographers who want to do this type of shoot?

My advice for other shooters would be to find artwork you love that is not photography and let that inspire your work. Sit down and watch a film and take note of shot composition. Listen to an album from start to finish. Don’t skip any tracks. The side of your brain that controls photo composition will thank you. If you do look at photographers for inspiration, try to find someone that isn’t doing wedding or couple photos. Street photography, architecture, or even snapshot style can help get your creative juices pumping.

Anything else you'd like to add?

Lastly, just get out and create . If no one is hiring you, go find someone and do a shoot. Play with light, and try to see how much you can get out of your subjects.