When the image of this gorgeous couple popped up in our Facebook group, we had to stop for a minute. Then, we read the text which accompanied the image and we knew we had to share this session captured by Corinne, the talented photographer behind Love to the Core Photo.
Tribe Collective: Can you provide us with any details pertaining to this photo session?
Corinne Thompson: Marcus and Marissa have an amazing connection but they also have an unimaginable story to tell. Marcus saved Marissa’s life in Charlottesville by pushing her out of the way of the car that drove into the crowd of protesters in 2017. It resulted in him getting hit and his leg mangled from the impact. The woman who died from the car attack, Heather Heyer, was their friend and was going to be Marissa’s bridesmaid at their wedding.
Hate can do unimaginable, horrible things but these two have persevered by pushing forward with the message of "Love Wins". They are currently suing the driver of the car, the KKK, and the white supremacist group that held the rally.
I have never met a couple so brave. Love certainly does win.
TC: What gear did you use to capture these images?
CT: I used a Nikon D810, a Nikon D850 and a Sigma Art 35mm.
TC: Where did this session take place?
CT: This session was shot inside the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower in Baltimore City, MD.
TC: What does your post-production process look like?
CT: Usually, I start with LXC 04 by Tribe Archipelago and adjust the tone curve to remove any matte. Once I have done that, I lower the shadows on tone curve to bring back the details. Bring in some temperature warmth. I even out the highlights to zero.
TC: How has your photography style evolved over time?
CT: I think how I interact with couples has evolved. Starting out, it was always posing them and getting the shots I need. Now I focus on what the couple is doing naturally and allowing them to be themselves. I use prompts and questions based on their relationship for them to connect directly with one another. It shows authenticity and allows them to see themselves in the imagery.
TC: What are your favourite tools for capturing, editing, and enhancing your photographs?
CT: I use Adobe Lightroom CC on my ipad to do any culling of sessions and then switch over to my computer for full editing on Lightroom.
TC: What is your greatest piece of advice for emerging photographers?
CT: Keep learning and be original.