The Right Place

February 06, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This photo would not have been possible using natural light only. The blazing orange of the sunset would have caused Amanda to be rendered as a silhouette.

 

When talking about real estate, the old adage is there are only three things you need to know: location, location,
location.

Great photography is more than just making a great image, great photography tells a story as well.  It should say something about you. A big part of capturing the real you, is capturing you in your natural surroundings.  

The high school senior booking his senior portraits may want to have his picture taken in his baseball uniform to show off his passion. No one could deny the beauty of the young virtuoso- beautifully lit, bow in hand, cello at the ready.  But those are obvious.  What are some subtle ways of telling your story?

If a picture paints a thousand words, then the couple who is booking their engagement shoot may want to have their portrait taken at the place they first met, or perhaps where he proposed.  Maybe a location that speaks to a shared interest? 

Think of unique locations that say something about you.  Don't let the "technical" downsides of a particular location dissuade you either, while I take full advantage of natural light, I don't limit myself to natural light only. By making use of the mobile studio, I can make sure that your portraits are not only unique, but beautiful as well- no matter what the ambient lighting is like.  The majority of so-called "natural light" photographers, are people who are not comfortable using flash, they're either intimidated by the intricacies or they have never seen it done correctly and therefore have a bad opinion (rightfully so) of flash-photography.  

This photo of Amanda would have been impossible to shoot using "natural light" only.  The blazing sunset in the background would have rendered Amanda as a silhouette.  By placing a speedlite and umbrella to her left, and a reflector on her right, we get this soft and very beautifully lit portrait, without losing the drama of the sunset behind her. 

In other words, you have more options that just running down to the park to take your pictures.  Whatever you choose for your portrait location, we can make it work.

 

 


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