When our friend Tony asked if I would take his daughter's Senior Portraits, the first thoughts that popped into my head were: "Mehh, I don't know"
"I don't have a hundred backgrounds and props like some studios have"
"I'm not sure I'm in touch with what the kids today want"
Tony quickly stated that they just wanted some nice shots outdoors somewhere. He even showed me a couple of great locations to use. Further, he said their daughter Alyssa would be a good subject and is comfortable around cameras. I agreed to take the gig. I had been looking for an opportunity to use some new portable lighting and radio triggers, and
now I had a good opportunity to put them to good use.
I can't tell you how many times in the past that when I push just a little bit further, it almost always results in shots that end up being some of my favorites. So I have pretty much adopted that as a best practice, regardless of who or what we are shooting. It's good to trust your instincts!
I had Alyssa strike a serious look in front of a large old tree. If I remember correctly, her mother may have mentioned why she wasn't smiling more. I love smiles as much as the next person, but some subjects can really pull off the serious look so I took many that way.
Additionally, the soft lighting and wonderful bokeh of the lens made the background of this shot look. Photographers know what bokeh means but in case you don't, it's basically how certain lenses can produce a lovely dreamy softness in the background at wide apertures. Clink the link if you're curious how to pronounce it.
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