A Cinematic Downtown Dallas Couples Session That’s Full of Editorial Vibes

I am in love with the cinematic feel of this session. Madeline Potter edits differently than any other photographer that I know, and it makes her photos look like they're out of a movie. You can follow more of Madeline's work on instagram and facebook.

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

I wanted to do a downtown urban shoot because the light is so unique in a city and there’s a lot of unexpected elements to discover. I find it very inspiring and explorative on my shoots. I typically plan with my clients where we will shoot – down to the exact locations – but this shoot I just wanted to be inspired by light and architecture and told them to simply walk around with me ‘til I found spots that struck me as creative canvases. Just doing something new and different with the element of discovery was my reason for this shoot!

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

It was so chill – I told them to dress however they wanted and they didn’t feel the need to pass their outfit choices by me which is obviously because they look like straight models with their fashion taste haha. I told them there would be walking around downtown so be prepared for that. I also informed them that I do a lot of directing while shooting, I use prompts to help guide natural moments, and that the shoot will be chill and fun! That communication made them feel prepared and relaxed when it was shoot time!

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

Shooting in an urban setting with a couple is not my norm. Usually seniors and models like to shoot with city vibes but my couples typically like nature so the location was different for me and I loved that. I also brought a film camera and shot with that throughout the shoot, too, and that’s a really fun way to challenge my creative mind and add to the shoot experience.

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

If I had never shot mid-day in a congested city before then I would have most likely not have taken as good of photos. The first time I shot in a setting like this, I was really overwhelmed and didn’t know how to embrace the environment. Simply being confident in your environment is really important so your creativity can steer. Practice in the environments you want to shoot in for future clients!

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