Sudbury Strawberry Farm Wedding Engagement Photo Session – Maryse and Chris
Maryse and I used to perform at the same recitals when we were younger. Both our moms were music teachers, and both of us have too many siblings. Every since she was younger Maryse has had the most contagious smile. This smiley bride-to-be and her fiancee, Chris were wonderful to work with, both are very natural in front of the camera and comfortable together. They know how to make each other laugh and had no need for my corny jokes.
The Strawberry Farm
I couldn’t believe the hospitality we received at Lise’s! She had full strawberry baskets for us to use for the shoot, and we had the whole field to ourselves for this epic sunset pre wedding engagement photo session. This beautiful Sudbury engagement took place st Lise’s Strawberry Farm in Chelmsford, Ontario.
The Black Bear
Lise warned us that there was a few bears in the back of the field. Obviously I was hoping to see them and use them in the shoot. I grew up with black bears frequenting our yard, as we had a crab apple tree and they loved the apples! I was aware of the dangers of black bears and was comfortable around them within a distance. I remember a summer when they would make twice weekly trips to our neighbourhood! I was quite excited when this little northern black bear popped his head out behind this newly engaged couple. Luckily, I had on my 70-200 mm 2.8 Lens, so I was able to zoom in and capture this curious creature!
For this engagement session I wanted to play around a bit with some Off Camera Flash (OCF). I had recently purchased a Lastolite Hot Shoe EZYBOX Softbox Kit, and wanted to use it outdoors. The goal with using OCF outdoors is to keep it on a low setting, and just fill in the shadows on the couples faces. This keeps the images natural and genuine. I actually only used this setup for a few images below, and love how it turned out. Its nice to know you can create your own lighting if natural light fails.