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Vintage Train Engagement Photography : Salisbury Train Station : Thoughts behind the lens

Deevo Tindall - Friday, October 09, 2015
Vintage Train Engagement Photography : Salisbury Train Station : Thoughts behind the lens

What goes through a photographer's mind during specific photographs and how do they come up with some of the concepts to create stunning engagement photos? Explore lead photographer, Deevo from Fusion Photography as he takes you inside his head for his inspiration behind the photo.

I've not gotten around to really telling the story of this engagement session I did recently with a very favorite couple of mine. I thought I'd try something different and release one photo each day. I have retouched these in a different style than is typical of my approach... but I felt it was warranted. Believe it or not, this photo was not part of the original workflow we had stylized for this session.  We were actually headed to a quaint little downtown area to complete part deux of this session when I saw this brick wall and thought it would be fun to put the clients up against the wall and let them just play.  They were all ready warmed up from the previous session so very little prompting was required.  I don't typically over edit images.  I like for them to me timeless and real, but for this session, I wanted an old-time feel to the images.  More on the stylizing of this session in the next photo.

"Still Dance"

stunning black and white vintage photo with bride and groom

Here is the second image in this collection. So we stylized Nada and Ahmad to match the times of the post war 40s/Swing era complete with fascinator hat, suspenders and a cabbie for Ahmad. We utilized @salisburytrainstation as the backdrop. The location was perfect and we are very grateful to the station manager for granting us free roam access. After climbing in and out of trains (more later on that) we came across this historic building built in 1908 designed by Frank Milburn and served up the inspiration for this shot. Special thanks to @makeupartista for MUAH.

"window pane"

1940s train station photograph in the background with bride and groom kisisng

Here's the third photo in this vintage train engagement session and we're at the train station right? And we've got this whole train thing going on you know people coming and going, steam, giant trains, conductors you know real dramatic like. So when Nada and Ahmad and Mandy and I all sat around the Fusion campfire and sang kumbayah together and stylized this session I always envisioned this old school cigarette in the mouth suspender wearin fella sayin good bye to his girl and headin wherever he goin and that's the inspiration for this part of the session. Minus the cigarette though.

"Departure"

groom hold his suitcase as he prepares to depart his lover on the train

Growing up as a kid my father had very strict rules and regulations on what was acceptable or not to watch on the "tube" and consequently most of the television that I ever saw growing up were old black-and-white movies, you know Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn (I loved her)! And I swear every movie seemed to have at least one train scene. Why wouldn't it? Locomotive was the primary mode of transportation.

The stylization of this session couldn't have been better. Perfect location, perfect weather, perfect outfits and MUAH. AND perfect couple!!

There is this railing that runs 100 meters down the platform backed up against the train rails and sitting at an elevated position above the tracks. The original train station is right behind and off to the left of where I'm standing and you can just imagine lovers embracing like this before one or maybe both boarded their train to anywhere.

groom sitting on the rail at the train station kissing his bride



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