Late in the Evening

Whisper’n’Oaks is one of my favorite wedding venues in Lane County. The property is going through some remodeling this year, as I understand, but I cannot imagine what Donna (the owner) can possibly do to improve it!

This image was made just after the sun had set. Haylie & Jonathan had wanted to do some wedding photos in the wheat fields surrounding the property but all the wheat had been harvested the week before. Luckily, as the name Whisper’n’Oaks implies, there were plenty of other great locations to use. Again, the use of an off-camera flash was crucial here in lighting my subjects. The winds were so strong my softboxes wouldn’t stay up, so I had to use a bare speedlight, but Canon makes a great product and the 600EX-RT was up to the task.

Eugene wedding photographer


When the sun is low in the sky it makes a great backlight, creating a very nice corona of light around the edges of my subjects. To recreate that effect in broad daylight, as well as to separate the subjects from the background a bit, I place a remote flash directly behind them. Such was the case with this couple, taken yesterday at Whisper’n’Oaks (a truly amazing venue!).


Matt Emrich Photo, Whisper'n'Oaks wedding