Engagement Portrait Light Painting

Engagement Portrait Light Painting

That title might be somewhat misleading, because while I did create an engagement portrait light painting of Ben & Emilee, I also created their “normal” engagement portraits for them too!

Minnehaha Falls Engagement Portraits

A cute engagement portrait of Ben & Emilee taken at Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, MN.

Ben & Emilee at Minnehaha Falls.

We actually began at Minnehaha Falls on a beautiful early fall evening in Minnesota. The leaves were just starting to turn and the water was flowing over the falls pretty well. It made for some really pretty engagement portraits.

The biggest problem I have with this time of year is it gets dark so early. When we were leaving Minnehaha Falls to head over to the Falcon Heights Fire Station, it was almost sunset. By the time we actually got to the station it was getting pretty dark out.

A cute engagement portrait of Ben & Emilee taken by Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis, MN.

Ben & Emilee by Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis, MN.

Falcon Heights Fire Department Ladder 757

When we scheduled their engagement portrait session a few weeks ago, we set it up with us starting at the fire station and then going to Minnehaha Falls. With the days getting so much shorter, we changed it around so the we had more daylight at the falls.

I knew that I could light a portrait much better in darker conditions at the fire station than I ever could in such a large area like Minnehaha Falls. If Ben and Emilee were game, I knew that I wanted create an engagement portrait light painting with them with the Falcon Heights firetruck.

I didn’t really mention anything about doing a light painting until we arrived at the fire station. While I was explaining what a light painting was and how it was done, I was trying to quickly get set up before it got too dark outside. We captured some very nice images of Ben and Emilee with Ladder 757.

Engagement portrait of Ben and Emilee sitting on the front bumper of Ladder 757 at the Falcon Heights Fire Station.

Ben, Emilee & Ladder 757 at the Falcon Heights Fire Station.

Then it was time to light paint. While I’ve never done an engagement portrait light painting before, Joannie & I have already done several wedding photography light paintings, so I wasn’t worried. My only concern was that Ben had to put the firetruck “to bed” and close up the station. So I knew I had to work fast and not keep Ben, Emilee and Emilee’s mom outside in the dark too long.

The starting image of an engagement portrait light painting of Ben and Emilee with Ladder 757 at the Falcon Heights Fire Station.

Pre-light painting engagement portrait of Ben and Emilee with Ladder 757.

Everything went very smoothly and Ben even tripped the stutter for me with my iPhone app. I think he enjoyed the experience and I think he’s going to enjoy the finished image even more!

A stunning engagement portrait light painting of Ben and Emilee with Ladder 757 at the Falcon Heights Fire Station.

Light painted engagement portrait of Ben and Emilee with Ladder 757.

Here’s a little highlight music video with many of the their engagement session images:

And here’s a short start to finish video of the whole engagement portrait light painting process:

Thanks for reading and watching! – M&J

“Engagement Portrait Light Painting” – © 2017 Michael Anderson Photography.

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