Where We Ended Up: Aimee and Shu Get Engaged

“I love these!!

…Is it normal to take so many shots?”


I had to think about how to answer that one. I delivered about 60 shots of 5 different locations with 3 different outfits for an engagement portrait session.

This happened last week with Aimee and Shu, two lovebirds whose Maui wedding I will have the pleasure of shooting this fall. Both are world travelers – Aimee just got back from New Zealand – and we wanted to shoot an engagement session loosely themed around travel.



When we started, we all had some ideas in our head, but by the end we followed some different threads. We hit a half dozen great spots in Atlanta, many of which were new to me.

I love it when a simple shoot turns into a little adventure for everyone, where things don’t go

exactly as planned. It’s risky, but, as I answered Aimee, “I’m not a normal photographer.”

Behind the Scenes:

Below: Assistant Sharif Hassan (in red) and intern Brett May lighting it up.


I pack the Westcott Octabank on almost every location shoot but this time we used the Strip Banks a lot more, sometimes with egg crate grids, for even more control over light.

Recently I’ve been shooting the Zeiss T* manual focus primes a lot, for stills and video. The edge-to-edge sharpness and lack of vignetting is unmatched, and especially superior for use as a video lens, on a 35mm video adapter like the RedRock M2 for example – more on that later.


In the Lowepro Bags:


Zeiss 35mm f/2 ZF Distagon T*

Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8,

Nikkor 24-80mm f/2.8,

Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II

Nikon SB900 flash

Profoto 7b battery-powered strobe

Pocketwizard Transcievers

Westcott Strip banks and Octabank modifiers



These images are great!!
I’ve been shooting on and off for about a year here on Maui.
If you need an extra hand or two while you’re here…let me know! Always open to learning something new!!

posted by Roy G. on 04.08.11 at 9:33 am

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