These are not your usual “couple’s portraits”.
Then again, Cara & Yason are NOT your usual couple.
Their BADASS LOVE called for a badass approach: a little punk, a little avant-garde, and a whole lot of cool. I had a total blast shooting this couple <3
Usually, I shoot couple’s sessions outdoors, on-location, with gorgeous natural light. But this past week, driven indoors by the bitter Long Island winter weather, and shooting late after sunset, I pulled out some of my favorite tools from way back when I was shooting my daily self-portrait project (a grey vinyl backdrop, my speedlight, my softbox, various other lamps, and colored lighting gels) to give this couple something totally different: a stylish & stylized indoor studio session.
Even though this was a “couple’s session” (don’t worry; we’re getting to the sweet, romantic shots soon), Cara & Yason each have their own distinct personal styles, so most of this shoot was about capturing them separately as individuals. Cara had a colorful, playful energy that was fun to work with, while Yason (a talented photographer himself) seemed to emit a certain aloofness, and mystery that I wanted to explore with my photographs of him.
Reviewing these images, I’m so delighted with the variety of looks and moods I created in a single small room, with a handful of lights, and one backdrop! Cara & Yason’s two unique styles really stand out…
But even my indoor studio photo sessions are about more than stylized art; Cara & Yason’s genuine expressions, candid moments, a loving smiles were the highlight of our shoot:
My favorite couples to photograph are couples who are REAL: authentic, creative, enthusiastic, and willing to work “outside of the box” (or in this case, INSIDE the box of an indoor studio space!) Cara & Yason were such a fun couple to photograph, and I can’t wait to work with them again soon <3