People are commonly weary of shooting in early mornings, late afternoons/evening and in shade. I think it’s simply been ingrained in us that we want those sunny, bright images. The thing is – sitting in direct sunlight will NOT result in those warm, bright photos. They will result in harsh lighting and a whole lot of squinting.
In the beginning, I would fold and give in to whatever the client wanted, but I’ve since had to stand my ground. Gaining the trust of clients. They would see images I have created and want their session to have a similar result. Sure thing – I love and I continuously strive to maintain consistency in my work. But, in order for me to garnish those results you so look for – I need you to trust me to do my job. To know and see the lighting differently than you do. You see shade as dark and dreary. I see shade and notice the warmth seeping in the backlighting. I will constantly stop as we walk and go, “Let’s try you right here”. It’s not because I’m winging it or have no idea what I’m doing – it’s because I do.
Yesterday, after waking to a fresh little snowfall, I dressed and headed out to my absolute FAVORITE place to shoot. Discovering hidden little gems I didn’t even know were there – and I shoot here A LOT! – and the lighting; ohmygosh!!! Here’s a little taste of what I seen . . .