A forest hike engagement session using smokebombs with Jessica and Matthew

I'm always equally excited and nervous when I am photographing photographers. Jessica and Matthew are talented photographers in their own right, working at Jessica Holloway Photography, so I pulled out all the creative stops for their forest hike engagement session. We did Brenizer shots, used manual lenses, smoke bombs, prisms and even brought along the dog!

Chopwell Woods in Gateshead is an ideal location for experimentation as it is easy to get to by car and not too far from Newcastle, but once you are two minutes from the car park you could be in the middle of nowhere. Tall, dense woodland surrounds you on all sides, with the fading sun occasionally punching through the canopy to render a magical light. It is largely deserted with only the odd dog walker or mountain biker for company.

Jessica and Matthew went barefoot for much of the shoot which added to the laidback vibe. I knew they would be patient as they know about the technical side of photography and were willing to wait for the best light and to get things as perfect as possible in camera.

First up, I did the bokeh panorama (Brenizer method) using an old Russian manual lens and adaptor for my X-Pro2. Then we broke out the smoke bombs, then the prism to use while the smoke was swirling around. 

It was a crazy shoot, and heaps of fun and Jessica and Matthew were great sports.

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