Trying to capture the essence of a couple or a specific vibe can be challenging. Not everyone can fit into the cookie cutter world of modern engagement sessions; running towards the camera, piggy back rides and awkward poses. I wanted to make this session with Rick and Allie stand out because I feel these two stand out, they are complimentary souls. We went with a goth engagement inspired by Rick’s love of metal and all things grim and dark. I knew I could convince him to do the session if it was up his alley.

The woods of the Pacific Northwest are dense and filled with deep greens and scraggly branches. With enough branches you could almost have enough tangents of shapes to recreate any black metal band logo you dream of. The light this time of year is also fleeting and bipolar, the clouds change quickly and light fades fast so you embrace the overcast and use it help shape the mood any way you can. I love warm kisses of light defining the shapes but when that isn’t in the cards and you have a shoot booked you make the most of it.

I did some more playing around with freelensing during this session as well, see if you can easily notice which shots feature that effect. They will have odd blurs and very soft focus. I also experimented with double exposures some more and came away with a really solid shot that I am in love with.

Enjoy!

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