When Mike and I met with Jessica and Peter for the first time, we clicked right away. They are such a nice, funny, and sweet couple! I can’t wait to see what their wedding day brings!
Jessica and Peter asked about doing their engagement session at the Denver Botanic Gardens and I was so happy to tell them yes. I love shooting at the gardens because they have such a variety of plans and scenery, as well as ever-changing art installations.
This couple has such great chemistry, it took almost no posing effort on my part to get perfectly adorable shots of them!
Jessica and Pete represent my ideal clients in one way aside from everything I’ve already mentioned about them: they were willing to try some weird stuff with me! One I spotted this sculpture, “Lights” by Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir, part of the Human | Nature exhibit, I knew I had to work Jessica and Pete into the scene. They were totally game!
Some of my favorite shots always ending up being the ones that I did not set up or plan. The one below was simply a candid capture of Jessica and Pete check out the koi pond together. I love the color and composition of this shot, and that it’s such a special, candid moment between them.
One of our last portraits of the evening was one of the most exciting of my career. I had a vision of projecting a small circle of colored light behind Jessica and Peter on the big metal pyramid in the middle of the gardens using MagMod creative gels. The photo we ended up with blew both me and my assistant away, I didn’t expect to be able to light the entire pyramid!
To get this look, Peter held an AD200 light with an orange MagGel on it at hip level, pointed at the pyramid. My awesome assistant (who will be the photographer for my own wedding!), Erik, held another AD200 on a lightstand with a MagSphere and MagGrid above them, camera left to illuminate their faces.
Using the Garden’s tent filled with hundreds of little lights was the perfect way to end this colorful, fun engagement portrait session!