Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I Want to Love You Madly



Okay, so photographer Nick Fancher might be onto something here with this "Mad Men" themed engagement shoot. I can totally see this kind of thing making the rounds.

And besides, it's only the engagement photo. Even if Mad Men jumps the shark (if it hasn't already, with Don's surprise proposal) it's not like it's your actual wedding photos or anything.

Lighting Geekery: Note the very low flash levels (1/64th; 1/128th) being used. This brings the aperture down to where you can incorporate the ambient light mix -- very important -- into your photo without getting into crazy slow shutter speeds.

But back to the theme choice. What if Mad Men has jumped the shark? What is the forward-thinking coach potato engagement photographer looking to do as a follow-up?

I know... a Walking Dead engagement photo session.

Better yet: Spartacus. Hell, yeah.


Bonus Link

To ogle some of the lighting behind a real Mad Men still photo (no offense, Nick) check out this BTS video of Frank Ockenfels' shoot of Don Draper from last season.

(Thanks for the heads-up, Nick)

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35 Comments:

Blogger William said...

Engagement photos, Eh? More Personable and less family hassles. I could get into that...

Thanks for posting these couple minute videos. They're great for watching while having the morning cup of coffee.

February 21, 2011 11:06 PM  
Blogger William said...

Engagement photos, Eh? More Personable and less family hassles. I could get into that...

Thanks for posting these couple minute videos. They're great for watching while having the morning cup of coffee.

February 21, 2011 11:06 PM  
Blogger RexGRP said...

I don't get it. "Big production" photos of a well-dressed couple looking at the photographer. Am I missing something ?

February 22, 2011 1:03 AM  
Blogger Wes Elkin said...

Great vid. Hopefully your comment about the Walking Dead will inspire someone to do a zombie engagement shoot!

February 22, 2011 1:09 AM  
Blogger tpodforobama said...

Jessica Pare, Don Draper's fiancee in Mad Men is also in the movie Hot Tub Time Machine. With your other recent post. I'm waiting for a Hot Tub Time Machine Engagement Shoot.

February 22, 2011 4:41 AM  
Blogger Ugo said...

Very romantic... I am sure their children, when they show the pictures to them, will shout "WTF???"

February 22, 2011 4:54 AM  
Blogger Nik said...

I'm gonna do a zombie engagment shoot!!

February 22, 2011 5:33 AM  
Blogger Eric Duminil said...

"This video is not available in your country (Germany)" :-(

February 22, 2011 6:12 AM  
Blogger KJP Images said...

A Zombie photoshoot, now that would be cool ;)

February 22, 2011 7:10 AM  
Blogger John said...

i went to http://www.nickfancher.com/ and i like a lot of the shits he had up, but these photos, i am not sure i understand, like a few of the other comments I dont see these as engagement photos. just seems like two people that maybe just met each other. having said that I like the video with the light diagrams.

February 22, 2011 7:20 AM  
Blogger JustLyle said...

so 60's I can see red lipstick on the martini glass, and hear frank sinatra, dean martin and sammy davis jr. in the backgound...

Interesting twist for an engagement shot !

February 22, 2011 8:02 AM  
OpenID hlimphotography said...

From about :43 to :59 we see an assistant holding a small reflector just to the left of the photographer. I can't tell what the purpose is. It's not angled to reflect light back onto the subjects. My best guess would be to act as a flag for some extraneous light entering the lens from that direction. Thoughts?

February 22, 2011 8:57 AM  
Blogger jeff said...

How about a zombie themed "trash the dress" shoot.. Jervysantiago. com/blog3/?p=375

February 22, 2011 9:05 AM  
Blogger andrew said...

All very lovely but not very original unfortunately. You can find tons of themed engagement shoots (or pre-wed shoots) including zombie themed on that there tinterweb! Mad Men, Alice in Wonderland, you name it. Check out Rock n Roll Bride Blog for unusual and rather lovely photography.

February 22, 2011 9:18 AM  
Blogger Tim Skipper Photography said...

Cool stuff. I had much rather do something like this than the traditional engagement shoot (blah, blah, blah, boring).

February 22, 2011 9:42 AM  
Blogger brightredshoes said...

Its been donr already...
http://www.jasonangeliniphotography.com/blog/2010/12/zombie-invasion-michele-and-nathans-engagement-session/

Saw a link to this zombie engagement session posted on the DWF a few months ago. But I'm guessing DH already knew that...

- Tom

February 22, 2011 10:02 AM  
Blogger Ely Brothers said...

RexGRP-Yeah, you are.

February 22, 2011 10:05 AM  
Blogger Ely Brothers said...

Andrew-Where is your original photography work? I'm sure it's ground breaking.

February 22, 2011 10:12 AM  
Blogger Ron Nabity said...

Nice lighting, I agree that the posing doesn't convey "engaged" - it seems that you could get both. And themes are always risky because the fads change more quickly (hopefully) than the people in the shots.

Question: how does it work with music on YouTube - if you include a "purchase this song" link, does that allow you to use the song in a video? Curious about that.

February 22, 2011 11:17 AM  
Blogger Project 27 said...

Oh don't let my fiance get the idea of a Sparticus shoot in his head!
I think the mad men thing is quite timeless though, it is very current right now but has enough classic vibe to stand up even after the show fades away. I would have put a red or orange gel in front of the flashes though it bothers me a little that the ambient and flash color balance are so different, it makes the shoot feel a little forced.

February 22, 2011 12:18 PM  
Blogger Awesomefest said...

To answer @hlimphotography, the reflector was to shield the camera from the flash. It was flaring up bad and I didn't have a lens hood for the wide angle lens.

And to address the issue of them not looking "in love" enough, I thought the concept worked on a dramatic level but it falls apart if you start comparing the characters on the show to this couple. Don and Betty Draper have an awful (and now non-existant) marriage, so to compare their relationships would be an insult. The couple has a vintage theme for their wedding and they had some similarities in appearance to the actors, and that is as far as the concept goes.

Thanks for all the responses!

-Nick

February 22, 2011 1:19 PM  
Blogger c said...

This BTS video is very useful. (My beef is seeing video that is not white balanced) As for the photo shoot.... I like it. It's stylish, well executed and fun.
To RexGRP's comment about the subjects looking into the lens. Possible defence for that choice is that these photos are part of an announcement. Looking into the camera to make an announcement works for me.

February 22, 2011 1:30 PM  
Blogger c said...

This BTS video is very useful. (My beef is seeing video that is not white balanced) As for the photo shoot.... I like it. It's stylish, well executed and fun.
To RexGRP's comment about the subjects looking into the lens. Possible defence for that choice is that these photos are part of an announcement. Looking into the camera to make an announcement works for me.

February 22, 2011 1:30 PM  
Blogger jess, mike, bella said...

i love everything about it! the shoot is perfect, and the video takes it over the top for us "aspiring" strobists out here. awesome job, nick!

February 22, 2011 1:56 PM  
Blogger rock said...

To me the real question is logistics. Maybe I'm not a smooth talker but I don't know how he managed to talk his way into an either closed restaurant, or a very slow restaurant. I need smooth talking lessons included in my FlashBus ticket.

February 22, 2011 1:58 PM  
Blogger Mike T. said...

Definitely a really cool idea. I wonder what kinda hoops he had to jump through to get into such a snazzy looking locale.

Now the question is, Mad Men themed wedding?

February 22, 2011 4:46 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Very well done. Thanks to Nick for the photos and BTS video with diagrams, and thanks to David for sharing!

February 22, 2011 6:17 PM  
Blogger Chris Hillman said...

"Even if Mad Men jumps the shark (if it hasn't already, with Don's surprise proposal) it's not like it's your actual wedding photos or anything."

These photos will be around for that couple long after Mad Men is gone, but the cool thing is that Mad Men has a lot of timeless style, and the look and wardrobe of these photos will hold up on their own in future years.

February 22, 2011 7:05 PM  
Blogger Bernhard A S said...

Great shots,

I noticed the big difference in light temperature between ambient and the mostly un-gelled strobes.

This temperature contrast makes the strobe light look cooler than it actually is, as the brain uses the ambient warm light as a reference.

Looking at the "official shot" they have completely adjusted light to an uniform level. That is going too far in my thinking as the shot also looks a bit more flat that the engagement shots.

The difference in light does accentuate the persons and lifts them from the background.

The eternal romantic in me would have used a wee bit warmer light.

February 22, 2011 11:07 PM  
Blogger RexGRP said...

I finally figured it out. The guy, ignoring his date, is considering hooking up with the photographer, and she's mad...or bored.

The lighting is very good.

February 23, 2011 1:07 AM  
Blogger bycostello said...

loved that..

February 23, 2011 1:11 PM  
Blogger Benjamin Geiger said...

"I'm her fiancé!"

"I'm her fiancé!"

"I'M her fiancé!"

February 24, 2011 1:46 PM  
Blogger Raja said...

Like other people mentioned, flashes need to be colour balanced, the subjects were thrown out of the environment because of different colour temperature, not mixing within the environment.

February 24, 2011 5:53 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

In 30 years, people will have the same reaction we have to a "Joanie Loves Chachi" engagement shoot.

February 26, 2011 11:52 AM  
Blogger jules said...

Also these: http://www.amandarynda.com/2011/08/zombie-engagement-photos/

I realize these were done later but I love them

December 04, 2011 8:07 AM  

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