Monday, July 25, 2011

Behind the Lens: Boston Engagement Session (Favorites and Outtakes)

As you might remember, I recently did a super fun engagement shoot.  Since this was my first engagement session, I was not surprised that there were a number of shots that were . . . artistically challenged.   I was, however, surprised at how many of the "bad" shots I loved.  I thought I'd show you a few of my embarrassing mistakes, followed by some of my favorite shots.

This shot turned out way soft -- but I love how it plays into the emotions of the moment.  And don't even get me started on the heart shape made by the position of their heads!

These shots thrill me in similar ways: lens flare, lens flare, lens flare!  The shot on the left was taken when my lovely couple got invited by some locals to take photos on their boat; I was shooting from the shore, and I just couldn't get an angle where the sun wasn't blasting down at me.  As for the second photo, I was fixated on trying to get a close-up of their hands making a heart and didn't meter the shot properly.  And the third photo was "ruined" by a random jogger -- who ended up creating kind of a cool shot; I love how wicked huge he is!

Now, for some of my favorites . . .

How beautiful is this couple?  They regard each other with such love, tenderness, and good humor.  It made me happy just to be hanging out with them.

And how picturesque is the Esplanade?  I love how the canoers paddled by at just the right moment.

This photo is like a film still . . . and these two could easily star in their own Bollywood movie.

My super chic couple told me they dressed to complement the colors of the Esplanade.  Isn't that fab?

I made a "thank you" garland for the couple, in case they wanted to use any of the images for their thank you notes.  Serendipitously, my bride-to-be had chosen a yellow sundress that matched the garland!  Adorbs.

We walked over to the public garden, which gave me a chance to capture them amongst the weeping willows by the duck pond.  With views like this, it's easy even for a newbie like me to get a decent shot.

Finally, this was my favorite shot of the afternoon . . . an archway in Beacon Hill leading to the most magical little cul de sac.  The folks who live in this fabulous spot are very, very lucky indeed.

It's such a delight to have the opportunity to capture special moments in people's lives . . . it's no wonder that all the pro photographers I know are so happy.  I can't wait to do another engagement shoot!

In the interim, I'll be posting my favorite family and friends shots on Doubly Happy Photography's Facebook page.  Please come by, say hi, and tell me you "like" me so that I don't feel like such a loser. ;-)


BigAppleNosh July 26, 2011 at 12:36 AM  

Amanda, these are so gorgeous! LOVE!!

Mrs. Hot Cocoa July 26, 2011 at 12:53 AM  

@ BigAppleNosh: Aw, thanks! (*blush*)

hellowifey July 27, 2011 at 8:32 PM  

Just wanted to let you know that your photos look great! I liked you on Facebook :)

I'm just starting out with my first DSLR camera and am finding it not as easy as I thought it would be. You have a great eye and your compositions are really interesting! Keep up the great work :)

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