As a wedding and lifestyle photographer, I am no stranger to unplanned lighting situations, last-second adjustments, plan b’s, c’s, and… you get the picture. Because of this, I am constantly looking for ways to improve my craft and challenge myself. This shoot was a part of that process! I wanted additional practice shooting in some situations that many photographers shy away from: Winter, high noon, with only a film camera. I asked Emily and Jordy to model for me, and planned this playful winter couples shoot around all three factors! My goal was to prove it is possible to create beautiful images any time of day.
Even within this short engagement style shoot, the lighting fluctuated from overcast to full sun. I used trusty photography tricks that have helped me during many shoots. My models and I found the best light and used it to our advantage! Fortunately during this Utah winter, the fresh blanket of snow acted as a natural reflector. I considered this when choosing the shoot location. This lakeside spot in Midway is an iconic representation of true Utah winters, when other popular local photo spots were melting and patchy on this bluebird day. I am always happy to make location recommendations for your photos with every factor considered.
This winter film engagement shoot challenged me in all the ways I hoped, and I love how the images came out. Even in the icy snow, Emily and Jordy said they had so much fun shooting, and the candids are evidence of that!
During your search for a photographer, it is important to choose someone who feels comfortable shooting in many situations, locations, and types of lighting. Whether it’s your wedding or your next family photoshoot, you truly never know what may arise on the big day.
I use shoots like this one to improve my skills all of the time. I am happy to say I am ready for whatever your wedding day may throw my way! To learn about my 2023 availability for weddings, engagements, family photos and other lifestyle shoots – click here.
Film: Portra 400 & Portra 800 in 120 and 35 formats
Scanned and Developed at The FindLab
Cameras used: Pentax 645n with 75mm 2.8 lens; canon eos1v with a 50mm 1.2 lens
[…] had just snowed a few days prior, but this day we got a clear blue sky and some of my favorite winter photo light. It was beautiful to see how the light made the snow sparkle. We ended up with plenty of beautiful […]