Today's [FRAME] is something a little special. This isn't an image from the past that's been buried in the archives. Instead, it's from a killer engagement session from about a week ago. This photo relates to this post that I blogged earlier this week about keeping your creative well full. Ladies and gentlemen, this one's straight from the well. This shot was conceived about two weeks ago when I was called down to Kansas City to shoot an engagement session for a sweet couple. I was driving south out of Iowa and jumped over the border to Missouri. I ended up going through a small town called Eagleville where their claim to fame is fireworks. Lots of them — like more than you can shake a stick at. Suddenly, an idea jumped in my head to do a backlit smoking kiss shot with the help of some smokebombs. So, while traveling to one engagement session, I was creatively planning for another. The wheels just keep on turning, see?
Fast-forward to last week. I had my couple in a grassy field and told them about my smokebombs and the ideas I had. First, we tried one where the couple was going to run through the field with colorful orange smokebombs, leaving a smokey trail that would look great on camera. Miserable failure. The smokebombs I bought, while similar to the 5-minute smokers from my childhood, only lasted about 30 seconds. So that idea was out. Then, I shared my car idea and they were game. We waited until the sun dipped down to ensure the photo would be dark and moody. I did a test shot and all was well...it was go time. We moved the car in position, the couple sat, and I lit the smokebomb. White smoke cascaded out of the little tube and quickly surrounded the couple. They held their kiss while I found my focal point – not so easy in swirling smoke, FYI. I began to fire away, hoping that this would work because it was our last smokebomb. The smell was terrible and I couldn't see hardly anything at all, just some smokey silhouettes. Finally the smoke cleared, the couple ran over to see the back of my camera, and the results speak for themselves.