As soon as I saw this session that Hailey Pierce put together I knew I had to have it as the first feature for Creative Weddings. The use of light in this session pulled me in and made me stare at it several times throughout the day. I love that she used the sunset indoors and really pushed the boundaries while making everything feel so intimate.
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What was your inspiration behind the shoot and the use of light?
I kept seeing the way the light shines in my apartment, and one night we were cooking dinner and burnt some bacon and the way the light came in and hit the bacon smoke seriously made me want to do a shoot with just air and light, so I did. So I bought some aerosol spray, and used their open white space, at sunset, and showed that sunset inside can be just as beautiful. I love sunsets, and I thrive on sunsets, they inspire me the most, because each one is unique and different, none the same, and none the less beautiful, so I wanted to use the sunset indoors, because everyone tries to shoot outdoors at sunset but no one thinks to shoot indoors at sunset, with that last bit of light coming through the windows, catching the air and showing every detail in the room. It was breathtaking to say the least. I used the aerosol spray to catch the light in full bloom and just went with the feel of the light, it was such romantic light, i wanted the shoot to feel intimate and romantic as well, as if the light guided the shoot, not me. so I went with the flow of the light.
How did you prepare your clients for this type of session?
I made sure my couple was open to do whatever came to mind, and made sure they were ready to go with the flow rather than have a straight forward plan! I also made sure they knew I was using aerosol spray, and that it might be sprayed near their face at some point, so I did let them know about that! but other than that, I let them know we would be playing with light, and moving all over the room, and that we would be going with the flow of the light wherever it leads us! I also let them know it would probably be more coxy than moving and fun, and they were totally down for it!
What techniques did you use that were out of the norm?
I actually shot half of this shoot on film! with my canon 35mm film camera! so that was super fun! but other than that, I fully shot back lit, shooting through the haze and smoke, so rather than spraying the haze right on my couple and the light, I actually had a friend spray it behind me so that it leaked into my camera and lens and then onto my couple to catch the light! so that was a little weird and different for sure! I also shot from under my couple pretty much the whole time! it may look like it, but at no point was I truly straight on with the couple! seriously challenge yourself, and shoot from different angles, you do not always have to be facing the couple and straight on! get below them, or above them, or to the side of them, test your limits, and get those angles!
Any advice to other clients or photographers who want to do this type of shoot?
It takes time to get used to shooting through haze like this and to figure out air flow and where to spray the haze and how much to spray at a time and where the light will catch it! DO NOT rush yourself, also do not just look at what others have done, and do it. Get creative on your own with it and have fun with it! It is such a fun media to play with, so do not be afraid to use it and mess around and get creative with it! Also do not be afraid to bump up your ISO if you are shooting indoors at sunset, as it can get dark!! grain with the haze looks SO GOOD!!
Anything else you'd like to add?
I think every photographer should do a shoot like this for fun, whether its a creative client who wants it or just for you! These shoots that are more out of the norm and creative get your juices flowing and test you and your brain to figure out ways to keep the intimacy between a couple while also showing off the uniqueness of the shoot! test yourself and push your limits, but also remember to use it as inspiration not just copying exactly what others do! take it and run with it in your own way and own imagination!!