I really need to get this backlog of blog posts written ASAP! We had a really, really busy Summer/Fall session which I am sure you can tell from the constant barrage of blogging. In between our favorite subjects: brides and grooms, occasionally we flex our creative muscle with other projects such as the recent Occupy Atlanta photojournalism opportunities or an Indian Festival at Stone Mountain Park. The week after Alice’s bridal session I headed BACK to Piedmont Park with Joanna from Joanna Birch Photography and this time I was the one assisting her. Her name is familiar because she was helping us on Sunday with Alice’s shoot and was also the person recording the video for our Behind the Scenes segment.
Besides helping to hold the lights I was free to play around with lenses and angles, using my 24mm Tilt-Shift lens to grab the above photo. And then this behind the scenes photo of Joanna herself shooting:
After shooting a couple photos in the gorgeous sunset light by the lake, Leigh changed outfits and we headed to “The Hill” – you know, the one we ALWAYS shoot at because it has such breathtaking views of the Midtown skyline, yeah that one. We thought no one would mind if Leigh did her outfit change right in the middle of Piedmont Park, who is going to say no to a pregnant lady?
On “The Hill” we shot a lot of off camera flash stuff, but just to mix it up I was working with my 85mm lens wide open at f/1.2… the bane of my photographic existence. When it focuses it’s a thing of beauty, when it misses focus it’s a glob of fuzziness. Needless to say, these were manually focused.
The red fabric was really cool, one of Joanna’s ideas, and I think it works well for the newborn session. Definitely something to consider and to think outside of the box instead of simply shots of the belly. Not that we didn’t take photos of Leigh’s bun in the oven, Joanna took a ton, I was just trying for more creative angles and other ways of seeing this stage in her pregnancy.
And that wraps up Leigh’s maternity session. Just being the “assistant” today means I didn’t get a lot of the “standard” photos for a maternity session, since I was holding lights a lot of the time, but it did afford me the opportunity to experiment with a few things. At this point Baby Leigh has long since popped out, I hope I get to meet him sometime soon!
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Zachary Long and Betty Feng are wedding photographers based in Downtown Atlanta and frequent patrons of Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta. To view our main portfolio head over to http://www.FengLongPhoto.com/ and while you are there use the Contact page to inquire about 2012 wedding availability.