Caroline & Dave Engagement

posted on: November 7, 2007

Caroline & Dave Engagement

Even though Caroline & Dave will be married in Chicago - they have fond memories of Champaign, IL where Dave went to college. Since it was close to me (and much less traffic) they decided to revisit Dave's college town for their engagement photos. I wish I knew the name of the park where we started out because there were a lot of interesting little parts to it that made some beautiful backgrounds and I'd love to go back if I'm ever in the area again!

Caroline & Dave Engagement

Caroline & Dave Engagement

Caroline & Dave Engagement

Caroline & Dave Engagement

Caroline & Dave Engagement

It's pretty amazing what a little bit of rest can do to restore my productivity and creativity! I hope Caroline & Dave don't mind that I got extra creative with the colors on some of these images! I felt the need to play with color today because there's a type of split-toning that I've been wanting to try for a while but didn't quite have the right images to really pull it off, until now. I just love the retro feel of this coloring, and the diner setting was the perfect place to experiment with it!

Caroline & Dave Engagement

Caroline & Dave Engagement
I love the guy behind the counter in this image, though I wish he were looking at them and not me! I only had a quick second to get an image where he was perfectly balanced in the frame with Caroline & Dave... I love it!!

Caroline & Dave Engagement
This is a B&W version of that illustrative technique I tried in the last engagement session. I just love how classic this image feels- especially with the float spilling over the glass!!

Caroline & Dave Engagement
Are you diggin' their reflection as much as I am? Caroline loved the flowers in this window display- do I foresee daisies on the wedding day? (I'm a poet and I didn't know it.) What is it about images taken at night that makes them so romantic? ;-)

Caroline & Dave Engagement

Caroline & Dave - thank you so much for sharing Champaign with me! You were so easy to photograph! I can't wait for the wedding day!!

17 comments, to add [click here]:

  1. steven myers1:51 PM

    amazing images... although this seems to be quite the pattern on your blog.

    great job...

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  2. Oh my gosh, I just LOVE the coloring for the diner shots! Would you mind sharing what color splits you used?
    And I love shots with lights in the background that do that cool orb thing!
    Fab as always!

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  3. These images are BEAUTIFUL. I love the colors. I've been following your blog for awhile now... your work is incredible, and the amount of time you spend helping others is wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  4. the first one is amazing!

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  5. Wow! These are fantastic.

    I agree with everything you said - but I also really love the first one.

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  6. richelle2:55 PM

    anne, these are wonderful! so fun to see such a unique perspective on familar sights. the park in the first couple images is the UofI arboretum :)

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  7. This is my first comment on your blog. I just couldn't stay quiet any longer! That first photo BLOWS me away. WOW!!!

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  8. LOVELY (as always!)

    My baby brother is in college there .... I *really* need to get up that way to visit!

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  9. wow these a amazing- i love them, i am a fan of your work...and i check your blog often- i love these!!!!!!!!! oh man so wonderful...

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  10. Thank you so much for all of the gracious comments!! ;-)

    Stacy - Everything has been done in Lightroom. The split toning used was basically something I just played around with until I liked it. I used a magenta or blue shadow tone and a yellow overtone for most of the special coloring.

    Richelle - Thank you so much for letting me know! Such a beautiful park you have!!! Now I'm going to have to see if I can find images you've taken there!

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  11. These are some of my favs i've seen on your blog- although your work is always beautiful! I love the 2nd one and the diner shots.

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  12. Kim Kelley5:30 PM

    Anne, that first image is OMG amazing! I am in awe of it honestly. The others are awesome as well. Lovin the soda shop shots.

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  13. carrie8:09 PM

    these are incredible anne...that first one is just phenomenal. -c

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  14. These are stunning! LOVE the first one...and also the color play with the retro diner shots. They are a lucky couple :)

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  15. That time off looks like just what you needed, these are FAB!

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  16. Yowser, Anne! These are the whole package, plus!!!

    I am glad to see that you got a well-deserved break to spend with your beau.

    Keep on!

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  17. Anne,

    Thank you soo much for your hard work. Dave and I are so happy with all of the pictures. You are very talented, and we are lucky to have you as our photographer.

    I'm so happy you had some time off with your hubby. I hope the cruise was wonderful.

    We look forward to seeing you again at the wedding!

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