On Location & The Willow Introduction | Transcription

We’ve finished up the foundation poses and we spent quite a bit more time than usual doing our foundation poses and shot. Why? Because we’re teaching a workshop here. We want you guys to have all the details and kind of see a lot of different possible looks and variety within the foundation poses. In general, the entire process of doing our foundation poses really only takes around 15 to 20 minutes. If you’re doing a shorter session, I would highly recommend that you start the foundation poses say 10 to 15 minutes early. That way it doesn’t eat up a lot of time into your session. By the time you start, kind of the official time, then your clients are ready to go. They’re warmed up. You got all your basic shots down.

At this point in the shoot and going forward, we wanted to approach it just like a standard couples session. Just by basically shooting and doing what we would normally do that way you guys can see how we interact with our couples, how we move from pose to pose and from scene to scene without basically pausing to instruct which might also make our couple feel a little bit awkward. Before each one of these scenes, I want to give you guys a brief once over. Just talk through kind of some of the considerations of that scene, some of the things to look out for, and so forth. Let’s get started now.

After our foundation poses, we basically drove around the park. We found this beautiful willow tree. I absolutely love locations like this. The reason why is because they’re so simple to get to and shoot. We’re literally in a parking lot. This so called bench that they’re sitting on is actually the log that’s placed there to prevent cars from driving over the parking lot into the grass and into this lovely willow tree. Places like this are awesome because you can just pull up, get out of the car, and shoot. It’s also great because it stays shootable for such a large portion of time or such a large window during the day. Right now it’s backlit and it’s essentially backlit like this for like 4 hours. We’re shooting it early on in the day too. It’s great for that purpose as well.

In shooting the shot, you’ll notice that we have a reflector bump. Basically, we’re using our reflector as a soft fill in their faces and it’s just right below their knees. Kind of lower than the camera. Maria is actually holding it and reflecting light back up in their face just to kind of soften the look a little bit. As far as the overall pose, you’ll notice that the sitting poses and once again foundation poses. They’re foundation poses because everything is based on them. This is several different sitting poses that’s based upon the open up and based on the v up foundation poses. In fact, you can have your clients do these poses. They can be doing the open up or the v up pose and then you just tell them to sit and then they sit naturally into this pose which is basically like a sitting v up. That’s what we’re doing.

The first couple are more like open up. They’re kind of in between, I guess, with them holding hands. Then we have her sit onto his lap and we’re basically doing the v up and we’re having them interact with each other. You’ll notice that their shoulders in the back are touching.

As far as the framing and the camera, the composition, well I have placed their heads over the darker area of the tree trunk. The reason for this is simple. I have a nice hair light coming in naturally just from this soft rim lighting that is going through the tree or the soft backlighting. This soft hair light is automatically differentiating or creating kind of that difference between their hair and their background which makes them come off of their background so their hair is not going to blend into that tree trunk. What doing that does, what placing them over the tree trunk does, is it creates a simpler background where their faces are. That’s what I’m going for. I want that area to be simple so we can focus primarily on their faces and on their expressions and not so much on like let’s say some crazy boca of these leaves that would be right behind their heads.

That’s basically the goal here. We have them interact with each other. We take a couple of shots looking into the camera, looking at each other. I tell them to goof around a bit. Kind of just interact naturally and we get some beautiful shots from that scene.