I wish I could walk into a place and immediately go right the the best spot and take my award-winning image, and be finished. Unfortunately, I can't. It takes me a while to find something that cranks my clock.
This was from a MINI session today, which is a short, morning session. Most of my senior sessions are about 6 hours, so I usually have plenty of time and opportunity to warm up and create artful images. But with an abbreviated session, I don't have the luxury of time to discover the hidden treasures of a location. Because of that, sometimes I don't find it. Sometimes I do. I ALWAYS do with our longer evening sessions.
After a few other fun things we did, Rachel changed, and I needed to find someplace to photograph her in her dress. I saw that the front yard had some shade on this sunny morning, so I chose that spot, and a long lens to make it work.
I was using a 200mm f2 lens at f2. The lens was on image stabilization because I didn't want to use a tripod, a Canon 600 flash in a Larson softbox, and Canon 5DIII in high speed sync so my shutter speed can be very high (1/5000), and still work with flash.
You can see from where the image was made, I had to use a long lens to isolate her from the surroundings.