This fall was full of engagement sessions on the water! I have wanted to photograph little boats on the water for a couple of years now, but because it's more important for the engagement session to reflect the clients, I decided to wait for the right ones to come along. And they did!
Since every session doesn't happen on the water, I think there are a few things that might be helpful to know when you are on the big blue (okay, really it's more like big green in Missouri!)! All of these images were shot on the Contax 645 with Fuji 400h rated at 200.
1) BE MINDFUL OF THE WATER MOVEMENT UNDERNEATH YOU AND YOUR CLIENT - If I am on the water with my client but in a different boat, the slowest I ever shoot (on film) is 1/125. I also wait until my boat starts drifting (as opposed to bouncing over the water) to begin shooting. If I need to shoot at 1/60, then I just have to make sure that their boat isn’t going anywhere and get out of my boat and stand on the ground.
2) STORE FILM/MEMORY CARDS IN A SEALED ZIPLOCK BAG - I always bring a ziplock bag and seal it after I add each roll of film or memory card. I also leave a little air in the ziplock back so that if something horrible happens and the boat tips over, I will easily be able to find the little bag of memories. This will also keep everything extra dry if it starts to rain or if water is splashed around.
3) WEAR YOUR CAMERA STRAP - I don’t always use my camera strap when I am shooting, but if I am on the water (or near it) that camera strap is always around my neck.
4) ALLOW A LITTLE EXTRA TIME - If you have to load the boats into the water and travel to a separate location, then I would suggest allowing an extra 20-30 minutes to your session time so you don’t miss that light!
5) INSURANCE - If you are running a photography/videography business… GET INSURANCE (said with a giant smile). Do not get on the water without insurance!