Portraits using natural light with Chaviva

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Montage of a series of portraits using natural light where a young woman is dancing by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

Chaviva joins me to play with some portraits using natural light.

Since I don’t know too many people here in Vancouver, I have been trying to get to quite a few different meetup groups to connect and meet new people.
I met Chaviva at a meetup for freelancers in Vancouver.

Chaviva is originally from the States, but was spending the summer in Vancouver and is now on an even more exciting adventure and moving to Ireland.

Portraits using Natural light of a young woman with glasses and curly hair smiling by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

She has such an engaging personality and I really loved her style and curly hair.
We put some 90’s R&B music on and she had some fun dancing in her awesome flowy top.

Montage of a series of portraits using natural light where a young woman is dancing by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

This was the first indoor shoot I have done here since we moved. All my previous shoots, I took advantage of being close to Jericho Beach. Or the little cove at the end of our street and did lots of outdoors natural light.

Black and white portraits using natural light of a young woman looking at the camera by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell
Black and white portraits using natural light of a young woman by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

Previously in Toronto, I had been shooting with strobes only as I was working out of a spare bedroom in our basement apartment.

And now, having downsized very significantly from a 3 bedroom house, to a 3 bedroom apartment.
And now to a 1 bedroom apartment, it means I have had to learn how the light works here and the best configuration for my set up.

Portraits using natural light of a young woman with curly hair smiling by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell
Portraits using natural light of a young woman smiling as she runs her hand through her curly hair by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

What is actually interesting is that in some ways I feel like I have more space to move in terms of having space from the backdrop to the subject to me which I didn’t have in Toronto.

I am guessing as we head into late autumn and winter, I will need to pull out my strobes again to supplement the natural light.
Today is a rainy day, and I can definitely see that I would need them. 

Portraits using natural light of a young laughing while looking off camera by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell
Portraits using Natural light of a young woman wearing a hat smiling by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell
Portraits using natural light of a young woman smiling by Vancouver contemporary portrait photographer Angela McConnell

This shoot was done on a beautiful sunny day in the early afternoon, and even by this time I can see that the light is starting to drop a little bit more than I was expecting.

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