Even in high-key photography, there are always shadows. I am learning that in order to see the light, I must also recognize the shadows where there is an absence of light. Sometimes the shadow is a gradual decline of light, other times there is a sharp divide between the light and dark spaces. Life is kind of like this too and requires that we keep an awareness of both the light and the darkness in our lives.
She is probably going to shoot me for posting this, but I have to brag on my friend Kelly for a minute. I had the incredible privilege of watching her do a “friends” shoot on Saturday. Her ability to connect with each of them was second to none, and the lengths she would contort her body into to get them to smile was priceless! For real though, Kelly has long been a “light inspiration” to me (you may remember my post The Kelly Effect) and even while I was learning from Zach and Jody last week, some of the things I have been inspired into trying from Kelly were impacting how I was integrating the new learning from Z&JFabulous. Kelly has had a tremendous impact on how I see light, and how I photograph weddings, portraits, and people in general and I’m so grateful for the chance to just see her in action – she is a rockstar! (More coming tomorrow… Kelly will be so excited!)
Our model at the Zach and Jody workshop last week had dropped something that she was fishing for in the grass… I waited for her to pull her hair back and then took the shot. Ohmaword did I love the results. There is nothing better than a model-pose-mistake for portraiture!
The fourth prompt for this week’s Scavenger Hunt Sunday – unedited – challenged me to find five SOOC shots to post for this week’s SHS.
This week, I spent the day Saturday with my friend Kelly Sauer and watched her work her magnificence on two of my friends (come back tomorrow for more!). I was ASTONISHED at the quality of her photos IN camera. She had no extra flash… just the light around her… and she created magnificent photos. People seriously… mag.nif.i.cent!
So that is challenging me this week to share a whole ream of photos – unedited.
Because only in dealing with the utter horror of posting a gaggle of pictures that I am not allowing my hands to touch up in post can I create the accountability to continue improving my skills IN the camera, not in post.