Portrait 14/52 - Ryan and Elizabeth

Just over a week ago, my brother Ryan provided some exciting family news — he had asked his girlfriend to marry him. And she said yes! So when the two of them came into town to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom, we decided to have an engagement session. So without further ado, here are my favorites from the shoot. Congratulations Ryan and Elizabeth!



Technical Details

These are all natural light portraits, so there wasn’t much to the setup. We were using reflectors and diffusers on voice activated light stands (my parents). The camera was set to P mode and auto ISO which resulted in a moderate (1/125s - 1/400s) shutter speed and pretty wide open (f2.8 - f4.5) aperture at pretty low ISOs (100 - 400). I had some trouble with blurry pictures which was a twofold problem. First, I should have set my camera to TV so that I controlled the shutter speed. Second, I was using my 70-200 f2.8 IS lens but when I put the lens back on my camera a few days later I noticed that the image stabilization was switched to Off. If I were to do it again, I would set my camera to around 1/500s shutter speed and let the camera select the aperture and ISO. I would also make sure my image stabilization was turned on!

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