Back around the beginning of the year I decided to run a little Facebook special and do some small sessions to help build my photography portfolio. The sessions were all grabbed within just a few minutes, which I found both encouraging and terrifying, and most of them were scheduled to be done in the month of April.
My past few weekends have been full of portrait sessions and I have one more coming up before the end of the month. What’s been so funny about all this taking off is how busy it’s made me — I feel like I’m doing more than I ever did when I was working a traditional 8-5 job. The best part is doing what I want. I never knew how fun that would be!
Now, sunny days. They can sure be a challenge when you’re trying to take someone’s photo. I know that before I learned much about photography it seemed like a bright, blue sky day was the best. There are times for it, and the time of day you’re shooting makes quite a bit of difference, but I am learning to appreciate a nice overcast day. It makes for some very interesting light when you’re focusing on faces (the good kind of interesting).
We shot my cousin’s second round of senior portraits on a sunny afternoon that quickly turned overcast and gray. There was still enough light to make decent photos, but not so much that it was bright and harsh. We started around 4 p.m. and wandered around for about 2 hours.
Now, Paula’s family was a little more challenging. It was the middle of the afternoon and the day (which was forecasted to be stormy — thank goodness it held off!) was extremely bright and hot. The kids did very well the whole time and I think I might have had it easy for my first time photographing small children. They were well-behaved and cooperative. Not at all what I remember my brothers, specifically the youngest, being like whenever we would have a photo taken.
The light was much brighter than what I usually shoot in — we’re talking blazing. Thankfully I was able to get creative in some shaded areas (the photo above wasn’t one of those shady areas) and we got a number of good shots. Another thing — a few shots that might not have looked so great in full color did turn out to be quite striking in black and white, all thanks to that bright sun.