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Two nights ago hardly anyone from our house was able to make it up our driveway because of the crazy amount of snowfall last night and how steep our driveway was. So we all parked a quarter mile away from our house at the Indian Mound lot so our driveway could get plowed in the morning. Because of that extra long, slow walk down the driveway in the morning however, I was able to appreciate and recognize all of the intricate beauty of the fresh fallen snow strung about in the trees.  If I hadn’t already been late to work then, i would have dropped everything and taken my time photographing the fresh snow.  I hadn’t had the opportunity to photograph snow yet with my new D600 so I was really hoping I would get a chance.  It was also then that I got very inspired for my photo shoot I would hopefully have time to do later that day.  With all of the fresh fallen snow and dull tones of all of the trees it covered, it felt like I was living in a black and white world.  It was then that I knew I was going to find any free time I could yesterday and capture this black and white world feel with all of the crazy texture I was experiencing as I looked through the thicket of trees laid in snow. So as soon as I was done working and done taking care of a few tasks I filled up my tank and just drove around looking for some great scenes for this black and white world I was envisioning.  I drove around and shot for about and hour and a half.  It was nice because of the very overcast, bleak day, it gave me very even lighting so I could just keep my exposure at the same settings through most of the day and make my main focus the composition and the contrast of the snow versus dull trees.  After taking the shots I uploaded them and during post processing I immediately turned the saturation all the way down on them so that as I was sorting them my focus was primarily on the white and black contrast and not distracted by any muted colors. Then I would bring up the clarity and contrast quite a bit to increase the bold transitions from white to black in my photo.

ImageThese were shot on my Nikon D600 with my 24-75mm 2.8 at 1/1000s f/7.1 ISO 200 with the exception of the waterfall shot which was a 1/2 second exposure.


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Grace and I have been great friends since our first day of college.  One thing we quickly bonded over was photography. We had both had some really cool travel experiences and therefore great opportunities to get some interesting shots and develop a love for capturing those moments.  She and Alex got engaged at the end of last semester and I was super excited when she asked if I could take their engagement portraits.  I had helped out with a few weddings and done some group and individual portraits before, but never had I had the opportunity to capture the young love of a couple right after their engagement.  It makes for a great subject! Our conditions were perfect too! You never know in mid January how Ohio is going to look.  It could either be super muddy and dreary or like a beautiful winter wonderland. Fortunately for us, it was the latter. We had a perfect amount of snow dust us the week before which made for beautifully clean backdrops.  We also had a nice cloudy day to gently diffuse all of our light over our subjects to give a nice evenly lit exposure. The location was where Alex had proposed to Grace a few weeks earlier and was at the barn where Grace kept her beloved horse and goes riding often.  We had a really fun day, although by the end everyones fingers and toes were freezing.  They did a very good job of hiding just how cold they were the whole time.  They even humoured me by lying in the snow at the end to get the laying down shot seen at the top of this post. Graces bright red top contrasted perfectly with the neutral backdrops of snow and woods.  Really fun shoot to do and process!AG1 all-07

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If you are interested in any engagement portraits or individual portraits, please contact me at or call my cell 315.729.2141 and we can discuss different pricing options.