Did I really just have two captures in a row where they were given actual names instead of generically named after saying the creative juices weren't flowing enough? Well I guess they were. Or I guess I may have cheated just a little bit. I posted this in one of my photo groups on The Book and someone left a comment with just that one word. Don't know why it never dawned on me, but it fit the photo perfectly. So this one ended up getting a legitimate name too.
In the past years (all two of them) that I have done the countdown, I made it a point to try to avoid more than one photo of the same type. For instance, if I had a few different baby shots that I liked, I would have to narrow it down to one and that one baby shot would be the representative for all the rest of them that I also liked. I didn't have that same luxury this year. Didn't have as many shooting opportunities. And also not as diverse as in past years. So there were no restrictions as to how many of what type of shot could get it in. Which is why you are seeing two couples captures back to back. Spoiler alert...this won't be the last one you'll see.
A while back I did a series of photos that I called The Edge. That's because I was stepping outside the box from the conservative looks that I had been doing up to that point. These particular captures even went further then the boudoir photos I had previously done. They were models doing implied looks with mood lighting. Very racy. Thus...I was pushing it to The Edge. One concept I always wanted to incorporate with that was shooting a couple in much the same manner. I could just never find a couple willing to do it.
Then I remembered Kasi and Isaac.
Those of you that have been with me since the beginning may remember a shoot I did with Kasi a while back. And I mean a WHILE back. It was one of my first dozen or so shoots. She did such a great job that I had always been meaning to work with her again. I had no idea it would be almost two years later before it would actually happen. Isaac would be a star with XL-Images in his own right when he did an impromptu shot in one of my tees at my going away party last year. I was diggin' it so much that it became the centerpiece of a composite pic I did of a plethora of XL-Images t-shirt captures. Which reminds me...it's about time to do an updated one of all the XL-Images t-shirt captures that have taken place since then.
Collectively they were the perfect couple for what I wanted to do. The only problem was getting our schedules to mesh so it could come to fruition. It had to be during at time that I was in town visiting and both of them were available. Not an easy task to do since they had a newborn. The only time that worked was when they didn't have a sitter. So little man was there at the shoot with us. Keeping him occupied in his car seat off to the side while we worked was no easy feat. That was probably the quickest I've ever worked in a shoot. But sometimes you do what you gotta do to get the shot(s).
Thanks to the two of them being naturals in front of the camera, this particular session actually produced quite a few winners. One of them good enough to be on my Top After Dark Captures (oh yes...it's real). It was no easy task determining which one would make this list. This capture won out because everything in the photo just came together perfectly. The expression on the faces, the twinkle in Kasi's eye that can be seen even in black and white, the wind catching her hair perfectly so the eyes aren't completely covered. The whole thing was just so.....intense...