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So this was the shoot that came right after the last post. I had done a test shoot with Jenna a while ago and had been really wanting to do a full shoot with her. So we set this up. We intended to shoot more looks than we did, but we had a few things happen that were out of our control. You see, I knew where I wanted to shoot, unfortunately on the way to the location (around 5:00) we hit a pile of construction. We were roughly 30-45 later getting to the location than intended. Which meant I had way less light than planned….. but we ran with it.
I shot entirely natural light for this shoot, as well as some artificial light, but no flash. As you may have noticed, I’ve been shooting A LOT of natural light for the last little while. The reason for this is I found that it was something greatly lacking in my work.
I began studying light, studying techniques, and have gotten to a point where I am just as comfortable shooting with natural light as I am shooting flash.
While I love both, being able to decide which type of lighting will best suit a shoot is something I’m still in the process of perfecting. But, for this shoot, I knew I wanted to shoot natural. Because of the clothing and looks we planned and the location, I knew it would lend better to natural light.
As you can see in the image above (and the next couple) we lost light extremely quickly. I had to crank my ISO on my camera and do what I could with the light I had.
While we lost light very quickly, we were lucky to have extremely beautiful light for the whole shoot. It got to the point where I just couldn’t shoot anymore because it just got too dark….
Now, if you’re reading this and have shot with me or have been at one of my shoots, you know I have trouble stopping. I always want to keep shooting. I just love it so much and once I get going I find it extremely hard to stop.
Across the street from where we were shooting there was a church. I noticed lights outside the church that were illuminating it in a very interesting way, so headed over there to shoot something completely different.
Because of this shoot, I have a craving to get out and do some more night shoots using only artificial light. I absolutely love the feel of the images shot in this way, and I’m looking forward to exploring it more.
From the last time Jenna and I shot together she had improved quite a bit and she is always an extreme pleasure to work with. I’m looking forward to the next time we get to work together.
Hair and Makeup: Bonnie Dilag
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