Mack and Will are such an awesome couple. I've photographed them a couple times, this time for their engagement photos at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle! I met them a couple years ago when they were brand new parents, and needed some newborn photos. Since then, they have decided to get married, and they (at my advice) came to Get Hitched Give Hope last year and won my wedding photography package for their wedding. So now they are getting a pretty awesome wedding photography package and their money is going to help grant wishes to folks with terminal illnesses. It's about the coolest thing in my opinion. -----> And if you are interested in checking out Get Hitched Give Hope this year, you can buy your tickets here).
So, back to these awesome folks, we went to Cal Anderson Park earlier this summer on a super duper crazy rainy day. We were hoping that the weather would clear, but this was the only option we had for getting us all together in time for them to send out their save the dates. So, we dealt with the crazy weather, and crazy traffic and met on Capitol Hill. It must have been the best timing ever, as 5 minutes before our shoot, the pouring rain stopped, the clouds parted (just a little), and we had an hour and a half of beautiful light to capture them in. It couldn't have been more perfect as two minutes after getting back into my car the rain started again. And, because it had been pouring, the usually very busy park was completely empty. Win for us having the guts to ignore the rain and just go for it. And major guts for Mack and her amazing shoes in the rain :)
I love this last series as the sun was setting behind the clouds and everything was super blue around us. We walked past this apartment building where the building was super blue, and there was a tungsten (really yellow) light lighting up the walkway. This is where it pays to be prepared, as I knew that I wouldn't get what I wanted by just having them stand in the yellow light. It was from the far side, and was not flattering at all, but I had my portable flash on me, and gels (little color strips that I can put on my flash to change the color of the light output) in my bag which let me make the color of my flash match the yellow light (as otherwise it would have just matched the blue of the background). So I set up my light, gave Mack and Will my jacket to sit on (because who wants to sit on cold /wet cement??) and changed my setting to make sure they looked as awesome as they could while the background stayed that super fun blue. And then I took these photos.
So... that was basically just a good explanation why "natural light" is not always perfect, and how being prepared can get you some super fun fun shots!!