Senior portraits are what really kicked off my photography career and made me fall in love with photography. I’ve been in business for four years now and have been using only natural light with all my senior portrait shoots since the beginning! I’ve always been big on using minimal gear knowing that it can still produce great work. I almost always will shoot an entire senior session with just one lens, no reflector and no artificial lighting. I truly believe if you study light and know your gear well, you’ll always be able to nail the end product. So with that being said, I wanted to share a few tips and tricks on how I do it!
Settings: f1.8 @ 1/500 iso 100
WHY LOCATIONS MATTER
Scouting locations is so important when it comes to getting the exact result you’re looking for. You want to make sure your location has plenty of options for different backgrounds and of course good light! Light is everything in photography, and if you’re going for a specific look, direct light, side light and back light all result in a different “style.” The position the sun will be at the time you’re shooting can completely ruin a shoot. Know your locations, have an idea in your head of what you want the end result to look like, and work with the sun. If you can’t go out and scout locations, they make apps for your phone that will tell you the direction the sun will set. You’ll thank yourself later.
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