[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You http://www.belovelyyou.com”]Today’s feature is from Errin Hiltbrand.

Errin says:

“Bill is a pilot and he and Emily fly together. And to be honest, when they first contacted me with the idea I wasn’t sure they were real – It seemed like such an ideal shoot!

But slowly they started sending me photos of the plane and the outfits they wanted to wear via email and we began planning details for the session.

For me, the biggest and most important ingredient for this session is the love these two share. They are very happy and very comfortable with each other and it made things go very smoothly.

The next biggest factor was, of course, the weather. In order to really do this session justice and make good use of the colors and awesome plane, we needed sunshine.

And we lucked out! The only thing that I really wanted to do was ride on the top of the plane while it was moving – but (thankfully) not everything goes as planned in a session.

It sure was fun to come up with ideas and put together this shoot!”

Errin’s Photography Tip:

As I already mentioned, the weather and time of day (and associated lighting) were key elements to this shoot.

We were dependent on Mother Nature for providing us with the soft glowing sunlight at sunset – what’s typically referred to as the Golden Hour.

Turning the airplane around was also must to get the right kind of affects with sunlight we were hoping for.

So when planning an outdoor session, always make sure you’re aware of what time of day you’re planning it for if you want the best, softest, warmest sunlight.




Errin used a Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 35mm f/1.4 lens and a Canon 85mm 1.2L lens to capture these images.

Errin Hiltbrand is a Madison, Wisconsin Couples and Family photographer.

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Published by Beth Teutschmann

A big fan of food, chaos, and all things fun, Beth is the owner of Starboard Editing, LLC - a photography post-production company focusing on anything from editing to blogging and SEO. When she's required to leave the confines of her dark room, she enjoys martial arts, eating, tattoos, cooking, ice cream, sillyness, eating, and traveling. You should probably say hi.

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