1950’s Engagement Session at creativeLIVE

1950s engagement session by Lindsay Adler at creativeLIVE

During my three days teaching "Fashion Flair" at creativeLIVE, I planned a variety of shoots to illustrate the concepts of fashion flair. The idea behind the class is that the elements of fashion photography can be utilized to make powerful portrait and wedding imagery. Whether using concepts, location, hair and makeup, styling, retouching or other element of fashion photography, you can create images that stand out from the competition. I did two engagement sessions, one as a pre-conference shoot and another on day two of creativeLIVE. My goal was to show how I could pick a theme, tell a story, and reach into my creative tool kit to make truly outstanding images.

Here I am sharing my images for the 1950's themed engagement shoot!  I was inspired by the advertisements I had seen shot by Ellen von Unwerth for Guess. They were classic and visually striking, and my heart ached to shoot something inspired by this amazing photographer and aesthetic. I cast two models from a local agency to play the bride and groom, and I selected two people with a wholesome look that I felt fit the era. It was actually very cute; both models were teenagers who had never met before and had minimal modeling experience... so my challenge was to get them comfortable working together in front of a camera (and a huge online audience live!). Next I had the team at creativeLIVE to help me borrow a vintage car for the shoot and I also arranged a variety of 1950 wardrobe pieces to fit the theme. Finally, I provided my hair stylist and makeup artist with inspiration to the look and feel of the shoot.

To be honest, I am very pleased with the images! While most of the time I was teaching and give tips/tricks for shooting the scene, I took about 10-15 minutes where I shot the couple like I would in a real engagement shoot. I tried different angles, lenses, framing, composition, poses and as much variety and emotion as I could fit in that short time. I'm feeling pretty confident about them... so feel free to tweet, share on pintrest, give comments, questions and more! ENJOY! I've included all the metadata below to help answer any questions you may have about camera settings and other equipment I may have used!

PS: Some of my poses I took from my Pop Photo Posing with Lindsay Adler iPad and iPhone app (like the one seen here below).

PPS: If you saw my creativeLIVE classes, please feel free to leave a review of the classes and let people know what you thought!

1950s engagement session by Lindsay Adler at creativeLIVE

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Sigma 85mm 1.4

Focal Length: 85mm

ISO: 100

Aperture: f/ 2.8

Shutter Speed: 1/640

1950s engagement session by Lindsay Adler at creativeLIVE

 

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Sigma 50mm 1.4

Focal Length: 50mm

ISO: 100

Aperture: f / 2.0

Shutter Speed: 1/640

1950s engagement session by Lindsay Adler at creativeLIVE

 

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens:Sigma 50mm 1.4

Focal Length:50mm

ISO: 100

Aperture: f/1.8

Shutter Speed: 1/60

1950s engagement session by Lindsay Adler at creativeLIVE

 

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens:Sigma 50mm 1.4

Focal Length:50mm

ISO: 100

Aperture: f/ 2.0

Shutter Speed: 1/1600

1950s engagement session by Lindsay Adler at creativeLIVE

 

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Sigma 50mm 1.4

Focal Length:50mm

ISO: 100

Aperture: f 1.8

Shutter Speed: 1/25

1950s engagement session by Lindsay Adler at creativeLIVE

 

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Sigma 50mm 1.4

Focal Length:50mm

ISO: 100

Aperture: f/ 2.2

Shutter Speed: 1/40

1950s engagement session by Lindsay Adler at creativeLIVE

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Sigma 50mm 1.4

Focal Length:50mm

ISO: 800

Aperture: f/ 2.2

Shutter Speed: 1/1000

1950s engagement session by Lindsay Adler at creativeLIVE

 

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Sigma 50mm 1.4

Focal Length:50mm

ISO:800

Aperture: f/2.2

Shutter Speed: 1/400

1950s engagement session by Lindsay Adler at creativeLIVE

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Sigma 50mm 1.4

Focal Length:50mm

ISO:800

Aperture: f/ 2.2

Shutter Speed: 1/250

1950s engagement session by Lindsay Adler at creativeLIVE

 

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Sigma 12-24mm

Focal Length: 12mm

ISO:800

Aperture: f/ 4.5

Shutter Speed: 1/50

1950s engagement session by Lindsay Adler at creativeLIVE

 

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Sigma 50mm 1.4

Focal Length:50mm

ISO:800

Aperture: f/ 2.2

Shutter Speed: 1/3200

1950s engagement session by Lindsay Adler at creativeLIVE

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Sigma 50mm 1.4

Focal Length:50mm

ISO:800

Aperture: f/ 2.2

Shutter Speed: 1/2000

1950s engagement session by Lindsay Adler at creativeLIVE

 

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Sigma 50mm 1.4

Focal Length:50mm

ISO:800

Aperture: f/ 2.8

Shutter Speed: 1/4000

1950s engagement session by Lindsay Adler at creativeLIVE

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens:Sigma 50mm 1.4

Focal Length:50mm

ISO:800

Aperture: f/ 2.8

Shutter Speed: 1/3200

1950s engagement session by Lindsay Adler at creativeLIVE

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Sigma 24-70mm

Focal Length: 35mm

ISO:800

Aperture: f/ 2.8

Shutter Speed: 1/2500

1950s engagement session by Lindsay Adler at creativeLIVE

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens:Sigma 50mm 1.4

Focal Length:50mm

ISO:800

Aperture: 2.0

Shutter Speed: 1/8000

  • Christian

    As someone who watched the course via iPad, iPhone, MBP pretty much from 5pm to 1am in the morning whilst being on vacation let me tell the world that the course blew my mind! So much information that it boggled the mind.

    The shoot was one of my favourite. Mostly because the two were some sort of shy and awkwardness surrounded them but they both are good looking people and the images are great. Love the shot were she looks out of the car. Look at those eyes.

    Well enough said. Course was awesome. Thank god you don’t talk as fast as Jasmine Star. You;d have finished two days early! lol

    • Lindsay Adler

      Glad you enjoyed it! I talked slowly on purpose… trying to work on that! My New York fast talking sometimes can get in the way… so I was consciously talking slow. Glad you like these shots and the class. I had an amazing time!

  • Nicole Henry

    I noticed in a shot the one with the male model in the front and the girl out of focus by the car in the back, your ISO is 800 and your shutter speed is 1/2000. I always thought that the shorter your shutter speed the less light gets through but then you pumped the ISO up to 800 and I was just wondering what the purpose of that is and what kind of results as opposed to increasing the shutter speed to a 1/250 or so and lowering the ISO would be.

    • Lindsay Adler

      I responded to this on facebook as well, but basically I had set my camera to ISO 800 in the car (since it was so dark). Then when I jumped outside I was in a hurry, so didn’t change it back to 100. BUT its okay because the Canon 5D Mark 2 is absolutely fine when shot at ISO 800.. there is minimal degrading of image quality. Whenever I am shooting I try to shoot wide open (2.8 to 1.4) and then an appropriate ISO to allow me to achieve a good hand-held image.

  • Petra

    Watched the entire three days, then I purchased the course to watch again. It was great! Can I ask why, on the last several photos, why you upped the iso to 800?
    Thank you!

  • So many beautiful images. I thoroughly enjoyed your 3 days at CL, you’re a natural teacher with a wonderful gift. Thankyou

    • Lindsay Adler

      WOW! Thank you! I feel so lucky!

  • Heidi

    You totally rocked that three day class and also the one you did on the Wednesday before the three day class was really informative! We even purchased the three day class and I am so excited to break it down and start putting in the different elements you talked about into my photography. Beautiful set of pictures, I thought the models shyness towards each other was cute/funny you did really great working with them.

  • this photo shoot is so beautiful and attractive, I love the blown highlights!
    Did you use any reflectors or just natural light?

    • Lindsay Adler

      100% pre-existing light (though the wall behind them got sunlight which made a large reflector). I didn’t use any reflectors at all!