So a couple of weeks ago, I had the awesome opportunity to shoot a senior portrait with Chauntee. I met up with her and her family, and her boyfriend (which by the way is planning to join the military so thats cool in my book!).When we set the date, I was figuring out how I would like to shoot this. First we set the location. Lake Las Vegas. We chose this venue because it’s very green and has a very nice feel to it which would compliment the photos. The trees and grass and waterfalls were great in portraying that feel.Next I was deciding on what type of lighting I would use. We already scheduled the shoot in the late afternoon to get that nice golden light as the sun sets. But I like to usually take a strobist approach to things and use my strobes to create light for nice fill. But I also wanted to utilize the natural light as much as possible. So my decision? Bring EVERYTHING! HA!
I didn’t really need any help with this shoot, but knowing that my sister has a new interest in photography I asked her to come along. I told her my plan for the shoot and what I would need her to do. I would also teach her a few pointers during the shoot to give her an idea of what I look for when shooting a client.
So the day comes, I pick up my sister from my mother’s house and off we go! After an hour drive we finally arrive. We start scouting the area. (Quick tip: Usually scout the area on a day before the photoshoot to get a plan together.) After about half an hour we come up with where we’re going to be shooting. We head back to the car to grab the gear, and right then and there the client pulls up! Perfect timing! 🙂
So right as we start grabbing the gear out of the car, I decided to make a last minute change. I decided to start shooting in natural light with only the use of a reflector, and to leave all my strobes in the car. I have actually never really shot a session with only a reflector and took it as a challenge to see how we can control the natural light and use it to our favor.
The shoot with just the reflector was turning out great! We were really mobile, and the need for strobes just dissipated. I was more focused on Chauntee and directing her to get some great photos. When shooting with strobes, I usually get caught up in the technical mumbo jumbo and my direction with the client kind of lacks, which is never a good thing. Believe me. IT WILL SHOW IN THE PHOTOS!
Chauntee was great to work with! She took direction pretty well and was willing to do things such as climbing a waterfall and posing near a lake. :P.
So we tried different locations. As we get to our last location of the shoot, I thought about getting the strobes out as we were inside an enclosed bridge that overlooked the lake. But as we get in there, the sun was beginning to set and the sun would shine through openings and give us the light we needed to control the sun and use it to our advantage! So forget the strobes! 😛
The shoot turned out to be successful. I taught my sister some things, which I hope helps her, and I broke away from the need to shoot with strobes for once and to use the sun as my only light source. The sun is, by far, the best light of all. 🙂
To see the rest of our shoot, please click the following link to my gallery HERE!
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