Friday, April 13, 2012

French Garden Style Wedding Shoot

Meet Kristal and Brian:

They are a super-wonderful couple who have been married for almost 8 years. Kristal and I reconnected a few years ago at a networking event (she is owner/operator of Kristal Clear Graphics), and since then I have shot a couple of her friends' weddings. She has mentioned several times over the last couple of years that it would have been awesome if I had shot her wedding (don't get me wrong, she loves her wedding photos) but she started yearning for something a little more "out of the box" for their portraits. So, because of that,  I asked if they would be willing to help me out with a very big project in the works: pretty much a re-vamping of everything to do with Ebeling Art Studio.  So I styled a photoshoot, they got to have their pictures taken, and Zach from Best Man Media worked his magic with shooting some photographer-in-action video. Believe me, he is magical. Cuz I think I actually might have looked kinda, sorta,  maybe just a little, good in the video. I usually get to hide in the background and NOT be the center of attention, so I was butterflies- in -the -stomach nervous for this shoot. Silly, I know. But we settled in quickly and had a great time all working together. We started a little more than an hour before sunset to get the most ideal, soft lighting for the right look for the shoot, and worked until dusk for a little more drama.
Thanks to a super-warm March, there are way more flowers than usual for this time of year, so we took advantage:

flowers were done by me:

My hubby, Jonathan, joined in the shoot- he's one of my back-up photographers, and I love what he is able to capture! The next 3 are from his angle:

now back to my angle:

 look at this great sunset light!!


more from Jonathan's angle:

and back to my angle, shooting through some bushes:

at twilight we lit a few candles to add a little sparkle:

 and a few more from Jonathan:

 love this detail shot Jonathan captured:

and one last set at dusk in front of the St. Joan of Arc Chapel: