It has been a while since I last posted. Memorial day, to be exact. To see more on the Memorial Day story, see this link.
Over the past couple weeks, I had the opportunity to get back to the US and spend time with my family, as well as my 'new' family, that of my incredible fiance, Eliza. From watching Eliza walk across the stage and receive her Masters in Global and Contextual Studies, to spending time sailing on Lake Okabena in Worthington, MN, to putting our cooking lessons to use cooking a meal for my family in the Northwoods of Wisconsin (I admittedly did more watching than cooking), it was a relaxing and much needed couple of weeks of 'normalcy'.
Having had our engagement pictures taken while in MN, I wanted to try some of the techniques I see in contemporary engagement photography out for myself. I coerced my very gracious family into following me out into the woods (ticks and mosquitoes included) to be my subjects. Here are my parents, Grandparents, brother and sister putting up with my camera in their faces.
I enjoyed getting to watch the couples open up to one another, do something they normally wouldn't, and to honestly see in their eyes just how much love there is between them. It was especially captivating to watch my grandparents, who, after over 50 years of marriage still seem like newlyweds. Newlyweds with half a century of getting to know each other under their belts. With my own upcoming marriage, I have looked to them as a vision of teamwork and partnership in a couple in my own life, and I am blessed to get to share a glimpse of that enduring love in the portraits below.
This was the first project I had involving Lightroom 4. The change in the 'Develop' settings initially threw me, but a picture or two in, I realized just how powerful the new Highlights/Shadows/Whites/Blacks are.
Canon 5D MKII, 50mm f1.2, 70-200mm f2.8 MKII, Lightroom 4, PS CS 5