Why do I love shooting in parking lots over parks? I know not everyone can come to a CONFIDENCE Workshop (although I hope you ALL can at some point! ). So how about if I show you why I love shooting in parking lots!
Last weekend, we had our Sacramento CONFIDENCE Workshop (with the most lovely ladies!). During the model shoot, I noticed one group was photographing their mom and baby in the grass. Perfect time to demonstrate why I love parking lots over parks!
Grass eats up the light! When the sun hits the grass, the light is sucked up instead of bouncing back up in to the person’s face. Sometimes the light will even have a green hue to it. Anyone ever experience this? This doesn’t mean you can’t ever photograph people in grass, BUT if there is a big parking lot with lots of cement, even an alleyway, I may consider going there.
Here is an “unedited” example of how the light isn’t bouncing back up into baby’s face. Instead, you can almost see the shadows on baby’s face around the eyebrows, cheeks and chin. Does everyone see what I’m talking about?
But look what happens when we move mom and baby into the alleyway and have them sit down on the concrete! The concrete is white/gray and the sunlight bounces off the concrete and illuminates their faces–no shadows anywhere! Just gorgeous light! This photo is straight out of the camera with no editing.
Can you see the difference? It’s your own Fill Light happening without needing a flash or reflector!
During Day 2 of the workshop, we walk the ladies through our system or organizing images and post process. I show the ladies how I edit my images and talk about my reasoning behind the editing choices I make. You could take this image into Lightroom, and accentuate the colors just a bit. (Isn’t this mama gorgeous?!)
But I like it in Black and White too!
This is one of my favorite tricks that we teach at the CONFIDENCE Workshop. The weekend gives you a bag full of tricks so you can walk away from the workshop in confidence, both inside and out! Some secret confidence stuff happening in the p.s. below for those of you thinking about making 2012 your year for confidence!
We just got in to DC late last night! I’m so excited to meet all the DC CONFIDENCE women this weekend! But first, we are headed with the kids to do some sight seeing today! And over to Ali’s for dinner, one of our awesome SOAR! Recipients!
But Ali and I will both be online tonight at 5pm PST to kick off a rare Ask & Learn with Brian Smith! It’s not every day that you have a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer who is super excited to answer all and any questions! Get your questions ready ladies!
p.s. There have been some exciting changes to our next set of CONFIDENCE workshops! I’m not going to make it official until early next week, but you could look at this page and take a peak (new city added and date changes per your request!).
p.s.s. Okay, I have to do this too! I was editing Mini Session photos on the plane today, and I have to show you a couple sneak peaks!
ANNIE!!! I was FREAKING OUT on the plane when I got to this series from our Mini!!
And the Sossaman Clan of SEVEN singing their hearts out!! SO MUCH FUN!!! I first met Sharon when she came to our Sonoma CONFIDENCE Workshop FOUR YEARS ago. Now she is this AWESOME Photographer! Check out her beautiful new website! And their family has become the dearest friends. (love you guys!)
So for real?! We have one Mini open for tomorrow at 3:45pm from a last minute cancellation! No one wants it?! If you do, just email Genie and show up ([email protected] or [email protected])! Woo-hoo! (More Mini Photos coming! Never fear Tresha and Carrie! Going to be worth the wait, promise!)
p.s.s.s. Is a third p.s. against the law?
My dad is feeling great since surgery on Tuesday! Thank you again and again! Can you hear how light my heart is! Okay, that’s it. I promise!