I live in South Carolina. That's of the south east corner of the United States; now imagine if I drove nonstop all the way to the Grand Canyon because I had never seen it before and would probably never see it again. Now further imagine that when I arrived I only took photos pointing away from the Grand Canyon. Asking people to take a photo of me and my wife handing them my camera or phone and and then not standing in front of the giant for you that can be seen from this national Park. The whole point of me telling the story, is just to further emphasize the fact that so many times we set up these wonderful shoots at amazing locations and we don't fully take into account all we should be doing to use them to our advantage. At head and shoulders portrait length, you really can be anywhere; when your background is so blown out that you can't understand what it is that people are standing in front of, then I feel it may defeat the purpose of going the distance to a very nice location.
I have two images where the lovely couple, Bryce and Lauren, were standing in the exact same spot but I changed my position and completely improved this photo. Shot with an 85 mm it was pretty long and the background was compressed a good bit. I had an assistant holding lights to make sure everything was lit correctly on the couple so I could play a bit with the ambient light around me. I probably could've used a wide angle lens to capture as much of the fairgrounds as possible but it wouldn't have given me the sharpness and depth of field I was looking for on the 85mm. So I tested the light with the couple standing in shot one but realized that my background was very boring, so all I did was move over about 10 feet to my right in a perimeter around the couple allowing me to capture this really fun romantic image.
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