A little while ago, two dear friends of me got married. So they asked me if I could take some photos of them for the wedding invitations. They had a theme in mind which was “picnicking / walking / nature” and they also suggested a location. The photos were taken at “Het Leen” in Eeklo (Belgium). It was a sunny day, and the park had a lot to offer. Nice open fields for pick-nick shoots, and a bit of forest to take some nature shots. Which was nice because it was the beginning of fall and the ground was covered with leaves.
In the photos you will see a panda teddy bear. Nils proposed to Laura with the help for the teddy so of course it had to be in some of the shots. The scenery is typical for them, because they love to go to the park and read a bit with a glass of wine.
One of the things I noticed was that Nils was a lot harder as a model than Laura. For some reason Laura knew how to interact with the camera, while Nils was a bit more camera shy. But after a while it started to feel a bit more natural for him.
To make some of the shots more spontaneous, I told them to just go for a walk while I take some pictures of the area. I started by just following them with a small tele (55-300), which was possible because it was a sunny day and I could get a good shutter speed. It also made it possible for them to talk to each other and therefore act in a more natural way. After they were a bit more at ease, I took out my 50mm prime (still my favourite lens) to take some more close-ups. I didn’t want to force them too much, but I did give some suggestions. At a certain point asked them to have a fight by picking up and throwing some leaves to each other. It’s a bit of a cliché, but I know it can get some good results and a lot of people like these kind of pictures.
Here are some of the photos of that day. The last photo is the one that made the invitation. I had fun, it was a good experience and I’m happy they were glad with the result. May they live happily ever after!