Karen wasn't a huge fan of this image but I am throwing it in the mix. I really like it. Four different styles of sandals, a local Highlands Kashmir IPA (beer) and a bottle of sunscreen. The two details at first seem like a distraction, but then they help tell the story of summer.
Awww, so cute. They still qualify as newlyweds. It is so weird to see quality studio light with a rugged mountainous background, that your brain probably wants to tell you that you are looking at a Sears backdrop. I guarantee it's the real thing.
It is a ball to watch these two sisters interact. They are quite a pair!
Here is K showing off that belly. My gorgeous mountain mama! From a lighting standpoint, I wanted to showcase the shape of the belly, so I had her turn away from the light. Unfortunately that made the shadows too strong. So I added a bare light on the right to fill in those shadows. The umbrella light is still the main source, but the second light adds enough to prevent the details in the shadows from getting lost. I used the same lighting scheme for the sisters shot above.
Since Karen can't exactly go hiking for miles into the woods we did a little driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway for some accessible scenery. This was a super-quick pic mainly for historical purposes. The low camera angle helps emphasize the belly, but it also crops out the unsightly guard-rail that was there. This was shot using the built-in pop-up flash on the camera.
Of course I had to throw in at least one tripod/timer self portrait! This was around the halfway ponit of this waterfall. The next part is probably even taller than this one. We could hear these falls from the deck of the house so each morning it was just a quick walk to an awesome playground. Shot using available light.
Tina is our good friend from when we lived in Asheville. Karen worked with Tina at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria. With 40 (good) beers on tap and some of the best food around you have to stop in if you are ever in the area. Tina was one of Karen's bridesmaids and they remain very close even though we live so far apart.