Old Town Scottsdale Engagement Session

I love this session by Earth Below Photography. Between the bright colors and the couples smile everything about this session screams happiness. Amanda (Earth Below Photo)  told us that due to covid-19 they weren't allowed to go into any of their favorite places for the shoot but that they made the most of the circumstances and shoot. She also mentioned that she only used long lenses and kept her distance due to the pandemic (THANK YOU) and that not being able to keep all of their plans for the session forced them to be more creative. Scroll on down to check out this lovely little set!

From the Photographer

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

My inspiration behind this shoot was the couple's inspiration! They wanted their photos to feel warm, vibrant, and like The Grand Budapest Hotel film. We shot in a mixture of shade and direct light in the morning hours, and the colorful backdrops gave me a 70s feel that I love.

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

We went into the shoot knowing we could not go inside the places we had originally planned due to COVID-19, so I prepared my clients for the fun challenge of experimenting and creating with the backdrops outside of these locations.

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

My usual go-to lenses for an engagement session allow me to be up close with my clients, but due to COVID-19 I used lenses that required me to be further back from my clients. This changed how I gave prompts and pose directions, since I could not be right there next to them. Instead it challenged me to give them a simple prompt and allow them to interpret it in their own way.

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

Get to know your clients before or during your shoot! The more comfortable they are, the more they will create WITH you. Take your time and really look at your surroundings when you are shooting––don't get stuck behind the lens! This will help you get creative, whereas taking photos every second of the session, hinders that creative process.

Anything else you'd like to add? 

Getting to know your clients is super important and really shows through their photos!