@melissajill Takeover Day 2: Engagement shoots are my jam, because I love capturing a genuine connection between two people AND I don’t feel rushed or pressed for time. Oftentimes, couples are more creative and playful during an engagement session than on their wedding day. As film photographers, we all love a killer location or sweeping views, but sometimes I find that the combo of good light and a simple background allows you to isolate the connection between your clients, providing the most powerful images of all.
#melissajillsvision #pvtakeover #melissajillphotography #contax645 #fuji400h #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @fujifilm_northamerica
@melissajill Takeover Day 2: You would never know it from this image that this wedding took place at a country club. Country clubs are pretty and all, but when you are already shooting the ceremony on the edge of a golf course it is nice to change things up—at least for me—so that the portraits aren’t all taken on the same manicured green grass. I much prefer the neutral tones of the desert, and thankfully my early arrival for scouting—even at a venue I am familiar with—paid off when I came across this spot down next to the maintenance entrance. Preparation for the win!
@melissajill Takeover Day 2: Light is King. This image was taken as part of a styled shoot during midday when the sun was bright overhead. I knew that I wanted to capture the gorgeous detailing of this @bhldn gown. I’m sure the venue catering manager thought I was crazy to shoot in one of the most nondescript spots of a gorgeous venue—a dark walkway under an overhang that guests merely used to get from one place to another. But while this spot isn’t a location the staff will take you to as their prize portrait site, it provided the perfect side light and neutral background that I needed for my purpose. I’ve found that mixing in these types of minimal shots that have clean backgrounds with portraits in more picturesque locations make for a more well-rounded submission or blog post, giving the eye moments of rest within the story.