Studio and Natural light Portraits – Tara

Tara is one of the talented hair and make up artists who work with me on photoshoot sessions with my clients. She has a very cool, boho 70’s aesthetic which I love and I was super happy she agreed to step in front of my camera.

Originally we had planned to head into the woods for a shoot, but the weather had been pretty inconsistent in the lead up to the session in mid April. So on the day we decided that maybe it would be best (and less muddy) to stay indoors.

Tara had brought this super cute dress from Forever21 which I love (and secretly covet, although I tend to stick with white, black, light black or dark black in my wardrobe).

The light was just a tad patchy on the day and I had the strobes ready just in case I needed them. Normally I would default back to strobes alone if I felt there wasn’t quite enough natural light, but I decided to try mixing strobe and the ambient natural light together for this shoot and have a bit of a play.

Sony A7II
Canon FD f1.4 50mm

So, I hadn’t done a lot of mixing of strobe and ambient light before, but I had seen a blog post a couple of years ago that talked a bit about it.
I decided I would try to drop my shutter speed much lower than normal (usually I would have my shutter speed between 1/100 and 1/160) to 1/20. This freezes most of the frame but there will be some motion blur if something is travelling through the frame.

I really love how the mix of strobe and much lower shutter speed allowed a lot more motion to come through in the movement of the dress, and I feel like this could be something special for a huge tulle or chiffon creation!

If you want to see more of Tara’s work – check her out on Instagram or Facebook, she is currently booking for weddings through spring and summer.

And if you are curious about a shoot with me click on the image below for more information – I am currently looking for women in the Vancouver Lower Mainland over 40, and adult mother & daughters that would like to have beautiful images.

Magazine cover of a young woman in the forest in a lace peach dress wearing a flower crown

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