Monsoon Session

Posted by Ryan Hammond (Tucson, United States) on 10 September 2014 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

I was convinced I had gotten my first and last lightning strike captured during an engagement session last year but amazingly enough I was able to capture another one last month. Again, this was at the tail end of a session with my clients whose wedding I'll be photographing next year with my business partner, Leigh. Leigh and I had what we needed for a successful engagement session in the sun but we invited Kayla & Chris to stay a little longer to see how the quickly building storm might transform from the sky in the next half hour. They were up for it so I laid flat on my back in the dirt holding my camera as steady as I could while Leigh held my off-camera flash to illuminate Kayla & Chris. Still not sure how I captured one again without the use of a tripod but super excited that I could get this for my clients. *** The lightning looks a lot closer than it was. This storm was moving sideways in relation to where we were and we didn't hear the thunder from it for 5 to 10 seconds afterwards.

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Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

A special photo to remember their engagement, Great work!

10 Sep 2014 7:31am

Le Krop from Charenton-le-Pont, France

C'est ce qu'on appelle un coup de foudre ...

10 Sep 2014 7:36am

omid from mashhad, Iran

E X C E L L E N T !

10 Sep 2014 9:56am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland


10 Sep 2014 11:08am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! impressive shot ! I love it !

10 Sep 2014 12:44pm

KriKridesign from Suisse, Switzerland


10 Sep 2014 8:39pm

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Excellent 5*****

11 Sep 2014 12:22am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh que c'est le coup de foudre

11 Sep 2014 6:34am

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

I know just how difficult this is Ryan - absolutely amazing photography!

12 Sep 2014 7:49am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

I bet they have this on their wall, large and canvas.
I know I would!!

14 Sep 2014 6:02pm


Canon EOS 5D Mark III
1/30 second
ISO 200
24 mm

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