The Cliff – The Story of One Image

Today is going to be a little bit different here on the blog.  We’re taking a deep dive into the creation of one single image.  That’s it-one photo.  Along with the story behind it and what all went into making it.

As most of you know, Jeff and I moved here to Galena 5 years ago in hopes of taking our photography business full time and being able to focus on weddings which we knew was our passion.  The very first time we stepped foot on the property at Eagle Ridge Resort, I remember looking across the water and seeing this cliff.  I turned to Jeff and told him that someday, we would do a photo with a couple on that cliff.  It took us almost 4 years of working our butts off and educating ourselves and learning our equipment and finding the right people to help us, but we finally did it!  Last summer we had the perfect couple and a handful of people willing to assist us and we trekked our way out to the edge of the cliff.  Christine and Kyle were put into climbing harnesses underneath their outfits for safety purposes, we had two assistants holding lighting to get just the right angle on them, and Jeff went back across the lake to take the shot with an assistant helping him on that side of the water.  It took us nearly 4 hours to pull this off for a lot of different reasons.  1-the weather would NOT cooperate with us (it kept raining off and on which was not the look we wanted!).  2-since we were shooting across a lake, it was hard to share images back and forth so Jeff would take a shot and email the photo so I could see how the dress was flowing on the side of the cliff and make adjustments.  3-again, in shooting across an expanse as wide as the lake, we use off camera flashes that are triggered remotely from the camera.  So at first we were having a heck of a time getting them to “talk” to each other across that distance.  But finally-FINALLY-the stars all aligned and what we created is an image that I’m immensely proud of and that Christine and Kyle loved!

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Thank you to every single person that put time and effort into helping us create this photo.  We are so grateful for all of you!!!!



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