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Shoot: Ashley & Andrew. Engaged.
Monday, February 13, 2012 10:49PM

Another visit to the KM State Forest... now I only need to go there in spring for the full set. Perhaps I'll get a t-shirt. Today I was accompanied by Ashley and Andrew, neither of whom are from Wisconsin. They certainly looked at home as I traipsed them through the woods, though Andrew certainly should given he manages Wisconsin's deer herd, while Ashley herds Wisconsin's children in a school close to Madison...there's a joke there somewhere, but I'm darned if I can find it... surely looking forward to their Christmas Kalahari resort wedding..Ashley & Andrew. Engaged. from Steve Bowman on Vimeo.I love this location, I really do. It's always quiet and has some great features all within walking distance. Sadly, I'm three-for-three for flat skies, which really was the only difficulty or challenge with this shoot. This time it was a blazing sun and clear blue dome.Don't get me wrong, it could have been far worse, the day before wind chills were up to -5*f. As it was, it was pretty mild, climbing back to a balmy 32*f...which was great until I took the tentative steps out onto the frozen pond and put my feet through it.. we did get out there though, and got some great shots with the tree shadows on the open pond.Thankfully there was plenty of cover with which to play with the sun, (though it didn't fall as fast as I needed it to). Walking to the starting point of the shoot you ...

Shoot: Emily & Mike. Engaged.
Sunday, January 29, 2012 4:18PM

I'll resist the urge to say how brisk it was today at the Briski family farm. Or I won't. Either way it was, and brisk I mean bloody freezing. After a while on the tundra that was a field, we warmed up in dad's workshop to the alternate strains of heavy rock and classical music, before heading into the barn for a roll in the hay while Wilson hunted cats interminably... between freely flowing noses, hand-warming arm pits and frozen foreheads however, Emily & Mike performed admirably, and I'm sure when hypothermia isn't on the cards they'll look even better when you see them next... Emily & Mike. Engaged. from Steve Bowman on Vimeo. Not kidding about that wind. We'll just say it was a great day to have a 8lb beauty dish rather than a soft box. In addition we had noon-day sun and very open areas to work with. Not being familiar once again with the location as it was Emily's family farm, it's always a bit of a stress to pick out the halfdozen locations to hit across the session.We started in a small copse of trees after a cold walk across the fields, and though it mercifully cut the wind, working inside thickets is tough as once again I'm relying on the tele to thin the DoF. Any wider shots either looked very messy with the background of bare branches, or they had to be the tight portraits. That said, it gave Emily & Mike some time to settle in with some basic ...

Shoot: Tanya & Steve. Engaged.
Sunday, January 29, 2012 3:42PM

Round number two introduces Tanya & Steve for your viewing pleasure.. in the relatively balmy climes of the lake front they were complete troopers happy to sit in every freezing cold spot I thought would look good, and to their credit they seemed quite concerned for my own safety as I pivoted and climbed precariously to get them in all of their glory, and thanks to me having the agility of a startled gazelle, I once again escaped serious harm in the process... speaking of gazelles in a rather clumsy segway, these guys will be having their reception at the Milwaukee County Zoo in a couple of months which I'm furiously excited for.. one can only hope its way warmer than it was today... Tanya & Steve. Engaged. from Steve Bowman on Vimeo. Another favourite spot of mine to use around Bradford, it's a location with a bunch of different looks that actually works pretty well in full sun...again, you just take your lumps with DoF vs challenging light, but there aren't too many adverse backgrounds to worry about here.I haven't been blessed with interesting skies recently and this afternoon was no exception, though you usually get pretty lucky around the lake, the clouds I had at the previous shoot were long gone by the time we started here. The wide angle got some work however and I was pleased with a lot of the tight shot, even if I struggled to find much use for it in a ...

Shoot: Danielle & Andrew. Engaged.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 7:03PM

 So who knew this little gem of a park was just up the road from me? Well, probably hundreds of people, but two of those happened to be Danielle & Andrew, who will be married here in the fall... today was a little colder than it will be then hopefully, otherwise they're going to have an awesome weather story to tell. The drizzle and fog were surprisingly atmospheric to work in, even if my gear was literally coated in ice after the epic tour Andrew took us on... but aside from finally getting to meet these guys in person, I also got a workout, and most importantly, stayed upright for once... Danielle & Andrew. Engaged. from Steve Bowman on Vimeo.A location I didn't know existed, let alone know the spots to hit, always leaves me feeling a little wary going into a shoot. Thankfully, though the weather wasn't perfect, it wasn't awful. Snow on the ground and around freezing degrees, there was a light misting going on, (makes you instantly glad to be completely weather-sealed).Though the overcast sky was darkening and featureless, in the open it worked very well and gave a nice soft fill; so nice I gave up the lights a few times and shot without, but it was tough staying at lower ISOs for anything sharp in the tighter shots. Once we hit the forested location it was much more exciting to work in and much more challenging..Man-made planting of these very mature pines gave ...

Shoot: Amber & Lee. Engaged.
Monday, January 16, 2012 11:21AM

Fresh from the Sampson Stomp 5k this morning, I met up with Amber and Lee in Pewaukee...well, Lee actually didn't run, just Amber. Nothing says "I believe in you" like not even *needing* to be there in support and staying in bed. However, the fully-rested Lee showed his athletic prowess with his GQ hip posing...after starting out slow sitting on benches, we turned it up a notch and jumped into the cat-tails, and ended up down in the snow for the final few minutes. They handled themselves with wonderful composure, which is more than can be said for me as i spent more time falling and rolling on my ass than any dignified Englishman should have to endure... Amber & Lee. Engaged. from Steve Bowman on Vimeo. Not a whole lot in the way of challenges for this one, aside from the time of day, which was early afternoon. I know the location well, given it's only a few minutes from me, and I'm always glad to shoot here. The familiarity means I know the spots I want to use, know roughly where the sun is going to be etc. Amber and Lee were a little nervous, which of course I'm used to, and it works well as I"m not asking or expecting them to ham it up to get the shots I"m looking for.The best element of this location, aside from the fact it's quiet and quick are the cat-tails though. I have yet to find a better natural element for a location, maybe that says something about my ...