What was your inspiration behind the shoot and the use of light?
Normally you will find us galavanting around the Irish cliff tops and mountains but for this engagement shoot we mixed it up a lot!. We always ask couples to have an input on where they would like to go for their session, its important that people have a connection with a place and feel comfortable there. Shama & Kieran decided that they would like to explore the urban environment of Belfast City as it will be polar opposite to where they are having their wedding later this year. These two young bright things totally inspired the shoot from their awesome vibe, the location they chose and to posing and prompting. We always aim to shoot as close to golden hour as possible, we just love the light and dynamic range that you can get when the sun is doing its thing and during the late autumn here in Northern Ireland it does such magical things! Understanding that each couple has their own love language is really important and heavily inspires all of our shoots, especially when we want couples to feel comfortable, not every couple is into super lovey strong PDAs and so we work on showing the two of them in the most natural and authentic way for them as a couple. Inspired by this we opted to go for more separation and unusual angles than normal, playing with reflections and of course having lots of fun!
How did you prepare your clients for this type of session?
All our couples always say that they are nervous/ awkward in front of the camera. We sat with Shama & Kieran before the session to go over how we work, how the session will flow and that we would explore things together, we let them ask questions and got the banter flowing with jokes and stories. The great thing about starting like this, is that is easily and naturally flows into the session and the whole thing feels more like a conversation with some games thrown in!
What techniques did you use that were out of the norm?
We worked with the urban landscape making use of the angular shapes and patterns of the graffiti around the city, I actually set a goal to shoot on the 85mm more for this session as I usually shoot 90% on the 35mm. Showing a connection or unity with degrees of separation was new for us and great to experiment with as it really got us thinking outside of the box and our usual go to poses.