“You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you.” John Muir
Photographing in full sun.
Red Rock State Park lies about 15 minutes outside Las Vegas. On our way to LA in 2016 we took a tour of the park and I captured a few images for Mallory’s senior portfolio.
Photographing in full sun is not my first choice, but when it’s my only choice I have to make lemonade outta lemons. I took the photo’s above at high noon. Not only did I need to properly expose Mallory, I needed the mountains in the background to tell the story. It took me awhile driving around to find the right location within the park, but once I did, me and my girl worked fast due to ever-changing lighting scenario.
Here’s how I set up the shot:
- Positioning: Making sure I was facing into the sun and placing Mallory in front of me was key.
- Exposure: To properly expose for her skin, I used the desert floor as the natural reflector.
- Clothing: Having her wear dark colors meant I could expose properly for her skin without blowing her skin-tone or any highlights.
- Background: Having the mountains take up most of the background, I knew there wouldn’t be a blown out sky which would be a common occurrence.
- Direction: When photographing her face, I had her turn towards me, away from the sun, to cast even light on her face.
- Challenge: The wind. With her long hair I could only photograph her face in one direction so her hair wouldn’t cover her face. Pulling her hair up was not an option, and provided the movement I needed in her photo since she was stationary.
Lens: 50mm ISO 100/f 2.2/ SS 1/5000
**Having a camera body that has the minimum capability to dial the shutter speed to 1/4000 would be ideal and produce better results.
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Party-peopllllle! Yeah-Kati G-in full effect! Yes…I’m a fan of Tag Team. WHOOMP-there it is!
Maybe you know this…maybe you don’t? I love to plan parties and decorate. Do I have the space…ummmm….not really. But I’m up for the small space challenge. (Que arm-pit sweat.) This year I’m hosting Emily’s homecoming party and I’m in full creative let’s go wild and decorate mode. I’ve been scouring Pintrest every quiet moment I get (any mom knows that’s code for bathroom break), making lists like a mad woman, and throwing ideas at Emily left and right only to have her suggest something completely different so then I’ll turn to Mallory for the ultimate decision making. WORD!
This morning I decided to walk down memory lane, so come along with me. Let’s rewind to February 2014. Mallory was 14, a freshman in high school, and excited to attend Winter Carnival. She gathered a small group of friends and with the help of my girlfriends we created a beautiful adored intimate dinner party before sending them off to the dance.
Thanks for walking down memory lane with me.
Her mother needed a reminder of what she was like at 14.
Joyous. Loving. Spirited.
Talented. Willing. Committed.
Friendly. Young. Stunning.
I have photographed this beauty before when she was eight. Over the years she’s traded her baby dolls for point shoes and I was happy to capture who she is now.
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