Bridal session with Elisa, at UNC Charlotte botanical gardens.
Just as I was leaving for this session it began to rain. Then it began to POUR, I mean like Monsoon! The rain was so loud on the windshield and we could hardly see the road. We had to travel about 40 minutes. I sent Elisa a text, to see what the weather was like on her side of town. Since she had gotten her hair and makeup done and a bouquet made for her bridal session, we just kept our fingers crossed that we were driving away from the storm. She reported that it was cloudy but no rain yet. As we continued to drive, I was pleased to see the sky clearing up ahead.
When Luke and I arrived at the session location the sky looked iffy. I knew I needed to work quickly & try to get as many photos as possible before it started to rain. Elisa arrived with her entourage of sisters and managed to change into her dress in the back seat of her car (impressive). She looked absolutely FABULOUS!! Her dress was amazing and suited her PERFECTLY.
The lighting was crazy, constantly changing. It was dark one minute, then bright with lighter clouds, then the sun would come out from behind the clouds. all the while, the sky continued to thunder warning threats and it was insanely humid. Welcome to the south!! I quickly shot while constantly adjusting my exposure, nervously wondering how many shots I would get before a downpour would interrupt our session and drench Elisa’s gorgeous gown. I was pleasantly surprised that I shot an entire hour before a few droplets began to fall.
I found a pretty spot to have Elisa stand and moved around her to get as many different backgrounds and looks as I could. Her dress was made from manly tulle, so I wanted to be careful not to damage the bottom of the dress. I discovered that Elisa used to model, which helped her to easily follow my directions. She was naturally very comfortable in front of the camera with made things run smoothly.
With the horrible lighting that day, I was thankful to have my son Luke, assist me by holding the silver reflector to get some light into Elisa’s eyes and fill in some of the shadows. I am very pleased with the results. Elisa, you looked beyond gorgeous! I enjoyed photographing you and I am super excited to photograph your wedding in August!! Yay, another road trip! (more…)