Deep South Engagement Session - Part II
When I travel through the Deep South where my husband and his family are from, I hear jazz tunes streaming through my consciousness. I swear, jazz sounds different down there. Fuller and richer as a result of the context. When it comes to photos that mean something, I truly believe that images are fuller and richer when they are in a location that carries substance or offers a layer of symbolism. Part I of Ben + Julia's engagement session featured the Raymond County Courthouse, an antebellum building still in use today. It seemed especially fitting, with Ben + Julia both being lawyers and living in the south. Today's second half of their engagement shoot was photographed on Civil War battlegrounds-turned agricultural fields, which I found to be equally appropriate. With Ben from the North and Julia from the South, both sides of the Civil War battle were represented, but with love in their hearts and new life coming up from the earth. Choosing a location not just for its aesthetic appeal, but for its ability to provide context is part of the art of story-telling, and helps to bring the viewer into a deeper understanding of what the photographer is saying. And there is still so much to say, isn't there?