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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
By Michael David Photography
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Fort Wetherill is one of Rhode Island's hidden gems - and one of my favorite spots to shoot engagement photos. This beautiful state park sits on the coast of Jamestown, Rhode Island and is situated upon 100-foot high granite cliffs across the water from Fort Adams State Park. It is actually a former coastal defense battery and training camp.

I was scheduled to shoot Sean and Laura's engagement photos at Fort Wetherill this past Friday, when Mother Nature decided to rear her ugly head. It was cold, rainy and wicked windy. Not exactly ideal weather conditions for frolicking along the coastline. But Sean, Laura and I were up for the challenge.

The waves were rocky. The wind was very strong. The mist was blowing in off the waves and the fog was getting thick. Protecting my cameras from the elements was going to be a priority in addition to getting the perfect shot of these two lovebirds. I came to the realization that this was not going to be a normal engagement session. It quickly dawned on me that this was going to be the most challenging engagement session I have ever shot.

We started the session literately standing in the water. I mean literately - shin high in cold, choppy waves. Which brings me to this image. I was wading in the water determined to capture the fog and create a really dramatic image.

I had Laura and Sean face each other. I placed a light behind them and got low and shot the image wide. I soon realized that the light behind Laura and Sean was not working the way I wanted for this shoot. So , I turned the light off and let the natural elements take over. And boy did they!

I have to give it to Laura and Sean. They didn’t give up and they didn’t quit - come hell or high water (literally), they helped me create this magical image.

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