How I got the shot | Styled Shoot with new 85mm

Name: Lauren Simmons

Business Name: Lauren Simmons Photography

Why did you take this photo?: This photo was taken for a styled shoot I was asked to do in Richmond, VA! We were show casing the florist and an up and coming venue. Vendors for the styled shoot: Photography | Lauren Simmons Photography // Videography | Joshua Bryan Cinema // Floral & Planning | Courtney Inghram Events // Venue | Ashton Creek Vineyard // Rentals | Paisley & Jade // Calligraphy | Letterlyn Studio // Makeup | Kara Waggoner Make Up Artistry LLC // Hair | Event Hair by Lauren // Linens | Rent-E-Quip inc. 

Camera: D3s

Lens: 85mm 1.4

All exif data: Focal Length: 85, F-stop: 2.2, ISO: 200, Shutter Speed: 1/800

Why did you use these settings? : This was one of my first shoots using my new 85mm! It was a little more difficult to get used to than I thought. For the longest time I had been using a 50mm and a 24-70mm and manipulating it to do what I want, but the 85mm 1.4 did EXACTLY what I wanted it to do. Before that I hadn't used a lens with such a low f-stop potential so it took a while to get used to. It was a cloudy, but very bright day out, so I put it on 200 ISO. I chose 2.2 f-stop since I wanted to make sure to showcase the flowers for the florist since it was her shoot. Otherwise, I probably would have chosen 1.8! Since I was shooting at 2.2, I bumped the shutter speed to 1/800.

Thought process behind the photo: I chose this location outside because it had just stopped raining and wanted to make sure I was serving the venue well by showcasing different parts of the outside. As far as evoking emotion, my style is to ALWAYS try to catch the couple in a moment, but in order to do that I have to help create a genuine moment. What's funny about this shoot is that this couple was just friends! They weren't even dating! Of course I made sure they were comfortable before doing anything. In this case, my request looked a little like this, "alright you two sit close, nice and cozy! Now Julie, gently lay your flowers in your lap. Chris, wrap your left arm around Julie and use your right hand to hold her elbow. Look at me and smile! Perfect! Now Chris look at Julie and Julie keep smiling at me. Perfect. You two look so great!" I know I said A LOT, but the key to keep my clients in a genuine moment is for me to keep talking and keep affirming them. It makes a WORLD of a difference.

Editing of the photo: The lighting in this photo was not what I wanted it to be. Yes, it was bright, cloudy, perfectly diffused light, but there was a giant shadow made by the building. I really wanted a picture of these two on the rock, so I made the lighting work since my focus was the background. To edit, I upped the exposure and increased the shadows and blacks to make up for the lighting.

Styled Shoot photo of a bride and groom sitting with loose organic bouquet and a blue suit

3 sentence bio about you/your business: Hi there, I'm Lauren! I'm a wedding photographer in my hometown of Virginia Beach and I'm available for travel. My passion is serving couples on their wedding day, because it's one of the most memorable and joy-filled days of their entire lives. 

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