I try to strike the right balance between control and spontaneity during a senior session. I use whatever structure and planning that I can, but also keep my eyes open for little surprises. The gentle wind was blowing Paige's hair just right, so i told not to touch it. Ahhh, just right.
I get pretty excited about lighting for portraiture. This is a good example of why. Using natural light can produce nice results. But for the places I work, it would be very limiting to only shoot where the light is right. With all the controls I use, I can make the right light anywhere, anytime! When photographers (usually inexperienced ones) only point a camera at their subjects without controlling the light via light blockers and adding light with large lighting devices, the subject didn't get all that they could have.
This is a "before and after" I did at a workshop I taught in Boston. It was an "enlightening" experience for all the photographers who attended. This was accomplished with a large black gobo to block the top light, a softbox flash to add the main light, and a reflector to add accent light.
Visited the JFK museum today. I was especially taken by some beautiful portraits of Jackie when she was a child. Today people take a lot of snapshots, but none of them will be come the heirlooms that a beautiful portrait would. Sigh. Sad because it's not just for the privileged or rich. Anyone can afford one.
OK, I admit it... I tend to use flowers for girl portraits pretty often. I just always find an image that works. It's en evolution process... I start off simple, but we end up with wonderful winners. Tonight's session proved that again. I photographed Brogan's senior yearbook photo a few months ago in the studio, but she wanted something in the summer, so I was happy to do that for her.
I had a great time with her, meeting her family, and her birds that bite. (They'll know what I meant.)
It's hard to mess up when you've got a lovely lady, pretty flowers, and a terrific home to work in. For this client, we created many images inside her gorgeous home, and we had all we "needed". But I've never been one to stop with what's required. I shoot until I've given everything I have to give.
So our goal for the second session was to create pretty images outside. The purpose of a boudoir session is to capture a range of images that will be special for her and her special someone. I also always create images that would be safe for anyone to see, such as for a wall portrait and on a vanity. That is what this image is about. So I asked and received permission to share this image here.
Summer is the perfect time to do something like this. The colors are luscious, the weather is warm, and the feeling is romance.