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Dan and Emily's engagement shoot

I'll be the first to admit that "the Great Swamp" doesn't sound confidence-inspiring for an engagement photoshoot. However, look past its name and you'll see a gem of a location, tucked away just a few miles from my home in New Jersey. 

I decided, at the last minute, to change the venue for this photoshoot, and I'm glad I did; the raised boardwalk and thick overhead canopy made for some neat shots! My subjects for this engagement shoot were Dan, a good friend of over ten years (can you believe it, Dan?), and his fiance√© Emily, who both made the drive up from Philadelphia. 


Luckily, the dense vegetation made for even light in both the sun and the clouds. While there were a fair bit of bugs to swat away -- it is a swamp, after all -- I can see myself returning to this location for many portrait sessions to come. To think that this place was nearly turned into an airport back in the 1960s! I can't wait to see what kind of colors this place will turn in autumn.

Ordering sandwiches. Dan hasn't changed a bit.

Gear nerd talk: It's safe to say that I'm a massive fan of the Fujifilm 56mm f1.2 lens, the only glass I needed for this shoot. Recently, I've been getting a little nostalgic for my full-frame Nikon gear, and the ultra-shallow depth of field those lenses produce. However, lenses like the 56mm are what keep me firmly planted in the Fuji ecosystem. They may give us a crop sensor, but they supplement it with super-fast lenses; they know that sometimes, there's no replacement for a creamy out-of-focus background.

I hope the images speak for themselves. Dan and Emily were great, the location was great, and the equipment was great. Thoroughly not bad for a day in a swamp.

PhotosTim KaugerComment