Monique and Travis

Smiles. Maybe even too many.

Edited with my Heck Yeah Presets (Bright 3)!

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tip:

There are some pretty great tricks out there for avoiding sessions like this where your couple gives you nothing but smiles. One of my favorites is to start the shoot by being excited about what you're creating and then to slowly (but noticeably) fade into being disappointed. They should be able to feel your frustration and hopefully that will help their smiles fade away into the night.
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    hahaha such a good tip i cant wait to use it!!!

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    Seriously too-much-smile problem?!
    Love your advices, but won’t apply that one since here’s constant smile deficit 😛

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    Love this sessiona and the endless smiles!

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    what shutter speed are you using for those motion shots at dusk?? they’re gorgeous

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    so much joy!!! amazing images. 🙂

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    Hey ben! These are gorg!! Are you shooting with Canon and if so what body do you shoot with? I wish my images were so crisp!

    • Thanks Whitney! I shoot with a Canon 5D IV. I actually have a post all about my gear and how I use it that you might find some insight in!

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    Brilliant!
    Utterly inspired.

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    Awesome set!

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    Epic photos, literally those motion shots are life. Love them – something that’s so hard to get JUST right!

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    excellent images and ADVICE

    thank you!!

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    Hi

    do you shoot on auto white balance and also do you correct the white balance ^go to the green side or blue magenta etc to correct it? Or do you correct it on pp after?..

    Thanks ben

    • Hi Totie! I use AWB when shooting because it gives me one less thing to fidget with on set. Since I shoot RAW, I can adjust a much as needed in post without losing any image quality.

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    Awesome set!!!! What lenses did you use for this shoot? Looks like you have a nice balance between wide and telephoto.

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    Hi, love this shoot. You said un Your tip To shoot underexposed to have mOre info…i have seen and have been said to overexpose 2 STEPS IN HIGH LIGHTS… TO TAKE THE HISTOGRAM TO THE RIGHT WHERE THE SENSOR HAS MORE INFO…
    Am i doing wrong???

    Thanks for your tips, It helps a lot.

    Bye from Spain!

    • Thanks Fran! If you overexpose in digital then you’ll lose some detail. Underexposure or “proper” exposure will retain more detail than overexposure.

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    Love those smiles! Gorgeous images

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    This is what photography is all about…the emotion (and all of the technical stuff too, duh); great work per usual, Ben! 🙂

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    Hey Ben! I was wondering what time you shot these photos? Love the sun on her hair.

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    Hey Ben! I was wondering what time you shot these photos? Love the sun on her hair. Also, what lens didnyou use?

    • Hi Rachel! I shot this set during golden hour. Starting about 45 minutes before sunset, until about 20 minutes after sunset.

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    Hey ben! I loveeee these. Such a clean EnVironment Fpcusing on the Couple. Is this in 29 Palms?

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    Epic shots! 5 STARS FROM ME! You know, I also used your trick to remove the smiles from the COUPLES faces, it really works 🙂

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