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Featured Shoot Of The Week: Jacqueline & Bruce Engagement Session | Crystal Stokes Photography

By Hanssie on February 25th 2015

Welcome to a new SLR Lounge series, Featured Shoot of the Week, where we highlight the work of our amazing photography peers within our community. Each week we will select our favorite shoot to feature. Everyone is eligible, from amateurs to seasoned pros, from wedding photographers to fashion photographers. As long as the shoot is unique and creative, there’s a chance that we’ll select it to be featured. If you’d like to be considered, click here.

This week’s bokehlicious featured shoot is from Crystal Stokes of Crystal Stokes Photography. Crystal is a wedding and lifestyle photographer who is based out of North Carolina. You can follow Crystal’s work here:


Jaque, a sweet southern gal and Bruce from Australia, are scheduled to be married this September. They had their heart set on a sunset engagement session over Lake Norman, but the weather had other plans. The fog was so thick you could barely see through it. Jacque wanted to shoot despite the inclement weather and I was excited that she was willing to brave the elements. Any time these is something out of the ordinary as in the less than perfect weather or a new fun location, I get excited to shoot because I love different.

Gear List

Nikon D4
Sigma 35mm Art lens
Nikon 45mm tilt
Nikon 85mm 1.4
Nikon 70-200

Mitros speedlights
MagMod grids
Phottix Odin trigger

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Great pictures

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  2. Graham Curran

    I really like some of the compositions but the bokeh intruding on the face doesn’t really appeal to me.

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  3. Graham Curran

    Give up.

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  4. Vince Arredondo

    Nice work!

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  5. easton reynolds

    Excellent work!

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  6. Kyle Farris

    You got some really incredible photos Crystal! You should be very proud! The fog definitely worked in your favor, I think. Creates a bit of depth and dimension that you can’t get without it.

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  7. Isaak Kwok

    Beautiful set of photos.

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  8. Lissette Garcia

    Beautiful pictures but the 4th one is stellar, in my humble opinion. Tree branch framing the couple on a wood dock, with fog, a reflective lake, and eery bridge in the background? Brilliant!!

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  9. Tyler Friesen

    awesome shoot!

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  10. Justin Lin

    Amazing shoot Crystal!

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