Monday, February 24, 2014

Christina & Shayne | Ashland, OR Engagement Photographer

{Somehow, I've fallen *so* behind in updating this blog, and one of my goals is to slowly bring it back up to date over the next couple of weeks!} One of my sweet friends from high school contacted me this past fall about purchasing an engagement session as a gift for her brother and his fiance, which is how I came to meet Christina and Shayne! We were under a bit of a time crunch since we knew the leaves would be dropping soon, but despite some rainy weather all morning, I think we ended up with a beautiful session shot at Lithia Park in Ashland, OR. Over the past year, I've found myself shooting mostly families and newborns, but there's just something so special about engagement sessions--the excitement and love that is so evident in engagement sessions is something special, indeed!

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Anonymous November 19, 2014 at 2:07 AM  

Superb photos! Would like to know what lens you've used on most of your photos, thanks!

wolverine49 November 26, 2014 at 7:08 PM  

Meredith, you have some nice concepts with posing but you need to work on your lighting. I know natural light photography is supposedly this beautiful natural technique but racoon eyes are not flattering to anyone. Expand your horizons and become much better by utilizing at least a reflector to cast fill light into clients eyes. Even better is to begin to utilize strobes off camera. You will then enhance your work and people will notice the improved lighting. Natural light does not mean beautiful light. Gary Hammond Lancaster, Ca. I found your sight off of your article on DPS photo tips.

wolverine49 November 26, 2014 at 7:14 PM  

I hope I didn't sound to harsh with my comments but in going back and looking at Christina and Shayne's photos again, there is one photo where there are eyes are brightly lite. Eyes need catchlights to look alive and vibrant. Where overcast skies, harsh sunlight or other factors create darkness in the eyes they need help. It's often said eyes are the window to the soul. Try come fill light techniques and you will see a big difference.

Michelle Lottner November 26, 2014 at 7:53 PM  

Gorgeous photos and amazing background!! Beautiful couple as well. Thank you for sharing!

Karena July 14, 2016 at 10:17 AM  

I have to agree with Wolverine. For many years, I used natural ambient light only and was an electronic strobe snob, and said,like you,that I was a "natural light photographer".
Truth was, I didn't know how to use them, and this was way before digital, when you couldn't see what you were doing unless you shot Polaroids. Nowadays it's so easy to use a fill light and makes all the difference. As Wolverine said, "raccoon eyes are not flattering to anyone".
I hope you take this as constructive criticism instead of being offended. Obviously you are very gifted; your interaction with your subjects, composition, etc. are great!

curtis03 Lewis January 30, 2017 at 2:41 AM  

Such a cute couple!! They are looking perfect together. Well, I am already engaged and had my engagement photo shoot at prettiest private beachside venues in San Francisco. Nowadays I have been quite busy in our traditional wedding ceremony. So excited!

Meredith Clark is a natural light photographer in Southern Oregon. She specializes in family portraiture, senior portraits, Trash the Dress shoots, and occasionally weddings. Meredith offers her services to White City, Eagle Point, Medford, Ashland, and Shady Cove. She believes that everyone should have access to quality photography at a reasonable price. All images on this website are copyright Meredith Clark Photography.


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