Coal Mine Canyon Engagement Session With A Twist

This session is everything my desert dreams are made of. Not only is the use of light amazing, but the added motorcycle as a prop is blowing my mind. I love the way Tracie of Adventure and Vow incorporated double exposures and used the low light to her advantage. You can also find her on Instagram.

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

This canyon in Arizona is my absolute favorite and I knew when the couple was willing to drive and do a little bit of off roading for some epic views this was the spot. I scouted the location specifically for their session with the motorcycle in mind and the light. I believe the orange tones come out more during blue hour and I knew the moon was going to be almost full so that we could push the light into blue hour further. I wanted to give the couple dreamy, romantic images.
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How did you prepare your clients for this type of session?

I prepared my clients for the shoot by getting to know them first off so that I could tell their vibe and learn how they express their love. I told them to be their selves and enjoy being in the canyon, especially since they literally landed and drove straight there from Texas. I prepped them before their flight by sending them videos of the location and telling them which type of shoes to wear for safety and style. Ana and I discussed dress color and were debating keeping the tones mono to be similar to the canyon, but so glad went with the opposite pop of blue.
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What techniques did you use that were out of the norm?

I love shooting in camera double exposures which I did throughout the shoot. I also shot in very low light towards the end so pushing the limits with the camera and editing, understanding exposure.

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

Have fun! Let your client know hey I have a lot of great shots but lets just play around and see what we get!! Do not be afraid for something to not work out.
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