We had a great time hanging out with Emma up in Anthem, Arizona. The photo-shoot began at 9:15 in the morning which gave us tons of light. Photographers commonly fear harsh shadows around this time of day but locations like this one offered tons of shade to work with thanks to the mature trees everywhere. I’ll share two tips we used on how to get great shots during this session.
Jenna, Teegan and I showed up a little early because we personally have not shot at this location before. It’s a good idea to scout locations in advance, even if it’s just 15 minutes early like we did. We were able to find nice waterfall backgrounds, benches, ponds, railroad tracks and other interesting architecture to use.
Okay, in this article I would like to cover two tips that helped make this shoot extremely fun and produce great quality photos.
#1. Chase the Shadows
If you are into photography you may have heard the term “chase the light”. This phrase is referenced when looking for the right light that can really help a photograph pop by highlighting a particular element of the shot. When I say “chase the shadows” I’m talking about how today we had to really look for shaded areas as to avoid harsh shadows and also to prevent Emma from needing to squint. By finding shade under trees or the train station at the park we were able to get soft and even light for most of the photos.
Some areas were extremely pretty but the shade was less than perfect. One area in particular had a beautiful tree but the problem was that it allowed spots of light through that gave Emma a weird texture of shadows and light (see the image below). To combat this we had Jenna hold a reflector over Emma to fill in the spots of light. Crisis avoided and we got the shot!
#2. Enjoy the Session!
Emma was extremely sweet which of course makes our job so much easier. That said, regardless of who is in front of the camera, if they are uncomfortable the photos will show it. There are many ways to get clients relaxed like basic friendly conversation or joking around in between shots. It helps that our little family is full of goofiness but I must admit that clients seem to give us their most genuine smiles after a good laugh.
All in all if you can get paid to do what you love, and you can help the people around you love it equally as much, I think anyone can live a happy lifestyle.