single shot: rainy couple

Sometimes when I’m going out on a shoot without an assistant, and I have to walk around a few locations where a roller bag doesn’t work (or is too big to bring into Wrigley Field!), I try to pack as much potential into my shoulder bag as I can.   Here’s what I brought: A photo posted by Brian Powell (@brianpowell) on Aug 21, 2014 at 9:17am PDT This collapsible 43″ umbrella from Wescott packs down so small, I never leave for a shoot without it now.  On an engagement shoot in Chicago, it was raining off and on — …

single shot: winter couple

This week’s post will be a series within my blogging where I just show 1 photo and explain how I shot it, did the lighting, the post processing, etc.  Hope it’s helpful! Here’s the final shot: Before we went out on this shoot, I tweeted a bit of shoot-planning strategy for the winter photogs out there: So this shot was towards the end, after some fake snow dusting on their hair and shoulders had already melted.. their noses were a little red.. and their eyes and nose a little runny perhaps.   But in a WIDE shot, when their faces …

Juan & Amy, proposal

My first ‘real’ engagement shoot..  the actual proposal!   Juan had a great idea but needed help finding a location and planning it out.   He said that every time Amy watched “Tangled”, she remarked how she loved the lanterns — eventually Juan caught on  ;)    So thanks to Janet Stephens, we found a place outside of town where we could play with fire.  We met there a few weeks ago to plan it out. The shoot had to be planned down to 5 minute increments if we were going to get good photos;  sunset, good weather and wind …