-Quantaray 70-210mm f/4.0-5.6
Model: Ashleigh Cobb
Edited with Lightroom Presets Dark and Moody by Signature Edits
It's been a long time since I've been behind a camera because I have been feeling less than inspired and less than motivated. After watching behind the scenes videos of wedding photographers and rediscovering Peter Mckinnon through YouTube, then binge watching all of his videos, I started to feel that spark again. I love my son, don't get me wrong, but taking baby portraits in the same setting gets old after a while. Luckily it has also been quite a while since Ashleigh has been in front of the camera, so we decided to adventure out into the cold.
Since it's transitioning into spring, it's still pretty drab in most areas, meaning color is hard to come by. I knew going in that I wanted to try to create photos with a moody glow that would focus on the model, and still keep up with the setting. I tried to utilize the space I had for backgrounds, but focus primarily on the motions and overall look of the model.
I try to utilize the available space of the locations I choose as much as possible, and sometimes I am lucky enough to find something as cool as this antique pickup. We wanted to stray as far away from "senior shots" as we could, meaning no overly intentional staged poses. It can be quite hard to avoid the "overly posed" look if you are not photographing a seasoned model, but once Ashleigh got comfortable and stayed moving, it was easy to capture any natural movements, creating more interesting photos.
We did get lucky as far as the green color in the back field. Once she changed into a primarily white skirt, it popped off the green grass, drawing a bit more attention to her and less of the backdrop. Remembering the "keep it moving" mentality meant we were able to create some super cool shots. Keeping angles and camera height in mind also helped create flattering images that didn't distort her in any way.
I love the way the top complimented her tattoo as well as worked with her body.
My favorite tree of all time is still standing proud, so we had to take a few shots there as well, by this time it was almost dusk, meaning little light was left, so I bumped up my ISO by 100.
This shoot was huge for us in a sense that it got us back out of our routine to do something creative. We even talked about going back in time and talking with our past selves to remind us not to stop being imaginative, no matter what we were doing.
Hi I'm Hannah!
Tattoo and Camera Collector. Taxidermy Enthusiast. Food Lover. Boy Mom. Advanced Selfie Taker.
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