Way number one to break the ice on an engagement shoot? Fall down the moss covered stairs of the Comal River while warning of the impending danger. Twice. Yep, even before our intrepid couple got in the water, yours truly had fallen into the water twice. Everything was downhill from there. ba dah bing!
We continue our theme of underwater photography with an Engagement session at the Comal River in New Braunfels, TX. It has been way too hot to photograph much in the record breaking heat so underwater seemed the place to go. The flowing Comal proved one challenge for me as it was deeper and faster than a swimming pool. We all got workouts treading water and swimming to the nearby steps. The other challenge is directing underwater, which is to say that all of your direction is done above the water line where voices and ears can be used. This to me has been the biggest challenge in underwater photography, coordinating actions and movements in the flow.
For a normal engagement session you can tell the happy couple to run over there and look interested in each other while the photographer shoots, chimps, adjust settings, changes lights, shoots some more and then move onto the next scene. Underwater? The process is more akin to – dive, hold your breath, press the heavy shutter button, click-click, rush up to air, chimp, blow your nose, and then retry the shot. The pace is quite different.
Kevin and Alyssa did superb though, and we could see them getting warmer and more into the process as the shoot went on. We are super excited to be photographing their San Antonio wedding in March. Let’s just hope I don’t make quite as many entrances as this one.
Josh loves a good adventure and some of his favorite wedding and engagement shoots have involved “getting crazy” or going somewhere special to the couple.
Josh is a Texas native and long time Pflugerville resident. He started his photography business in 2009 and has never looked back. His photo business even allowed him to be daddy-day-care before his two sons reached school age. Over the years his business has expanded to include just about every type of photography including automotive, editorial portraits, corporate events, sports and food. Through it all, he has continued to love wedding photography for genuine moment, the fast pace and the diversity of subjects it offers. Josh is a co-founder of North Austin Pfoutographic Society and a resident instructor at Precision Camera & Video in Austin, Tx.