Light Painting at Little Log House Pioneer Village

Light Painting at Little Log House Pioneer Village

We’ve completed April and Darrick’s cool engagement light painting at Little Log House Pioneer Village. We created this awesome image last week at the conclusion of their engagement session.

The set-up shot a the Country Grist Mill for a one-of-a-kind light painted engagement photograph at Pioneer Village.

The set-up shot for their one-of-a-kind light painted engagement photograph.

After creating a whole bunch of fun engagement photos of Darrick and April on the grounds at Pioneer Village, the sun was getting low in the sky and it was time to light paint someplace. The tough decision was where? There are dozens of possible spots there. Because of the windy evening, several were easy to rule out because of flying hair, but that still didn’t make it an easy call.

The three of us agreed that the Country Grist Mill would be pretty cool as the backdrop. After a few test shots at different angles, we came up with the one that we all liked. One thing that I look for when light painting something is a location with great detail. If the spot has a lot of details and textures, it will light paint very nicely. Well, there’s certainly plenty of details to bring out at the old mill.

Darrick and April in their set-up shot for their light painting at the Little Log House Pioneer Village.

Darrick and April in their set-up shot for their light painting at Pioneer Village.

Fall Was In The Air

Even though sunset was nearly upon us, the windy conditions didn’t let up very much. The temperature was dropping into the low 60’s, and with the wind, it was a little chilly out. So after April and Darrick’s part in the photo, I grabbed our cozy Minnesota Twins blanket out of the car so April could stay warm.

Then, both she and Darrick helped me with their Little Log House Pioneer Village light painting by firing the camera and giving me feedback after each shot was taken as I walked around lighting the different parts of the scene. After a very short time, both of them knew what I was looking for to make this one-of-a-kind image for them.

Light painted engagement photograph of a cute couple at the Old Country Grist Mill at Old Log House Pioneer Village in Hastings, MN.

April and Darrick’s one-of-kind light painted photograph.

The Movie

I have a very short video on our YouTube Channel with some of the steps that went into creating April and Darrick’s unique light painting at Little Log House Pioneer Village. It’s only about a minute long, but it is fun to watch as the final image comes together at the end. Enjoy the video and thank you for reading our post! – M&J

“Light Painting at Little Log House Pioneer Village” – © 2019 Michael Anderson Photography.

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