06 Apr Berkhamsted Common Engagement Photo
I’m photographing Nicki and Nick’s wedding this summer and as part of their engagement shoot they wanted a shot of them with their black Labrador, Rossi, for their invitations. They had an idea in mind of them looking out over Berkhamsted common with Rossi and asked if I could help. I said I’d love to. Here’s the finished image…
This was my first time working on a professional shoot with a dog, and despite what people say about never working with animals Rossi was a perfect model. OK so not every shot we took was perfect, but with a few treats we got the shots we were looking for. Nicki & Nick chose this image for their invites and I agree with them. I think the crop adds a degree of intimacy and shows the relationship between the three of them. The fact you can’t see their whole bodies I think actually works better than if you could and is a much more interesting image.
My initial idea was to get up just after dawn and catch a sunrise. However, England in February was exactly as you’d expect so it was a fairly cold and slightly drizzly morning under a mostly flat grey sky. Not to worry, I’ve got quite a bit of experience of using off camera lighting so set up my octabox with an orange gel to warm it up a bit. Why use an octagon? Well mainly to diffuse the flash so I had a lovely warm soft light. As you can see from the set up photo below I also had a second flash behind them and to the right just to lift the shadow side a little (it didn’t fire in the set up shot).
Here’s the setup:
Once I’d finished the edit and sent them the photo Nicki messaged me to say “Thanks again, we are over the moon. It’s so rare you have a picture in your head of what you would like and the reality surpasses it!” Awesome! I love getting feedback like that. I’m taking their proper engagement shoot photos next week, it’ll be a little more natural and less styled but I hope they like them just as much.