Out Door Portraits

I was planning another studio shoot for the week end and at the last moment I found out that my favourite studio was fully booked.

I cancelled everything and explained to the crew but it was such a nice weekend not to do anything.

So I decided to do an outdoor shoot with one of the models I was in touch with.

I was a bit nervous as It’s been a few months since the last outdoor shoot and I always hated to think constantly about the lighting changing.

If I had an assistant and a chunk of money I would invest in some portable strobes but there is not much I can do yet. Maybe that day might come but for now I just have to do it with what I have.


So I told myself to just get up and do it. After all what do I have to lose?

I grabbed my camera, reflector, couple of lenses and a speed light (just in case) and set off.


I think most portrait photographers will start with natural light then move on to flashes and studios and all those things probably, and a lot of them probably get too comfortable with using flashes and backdrops after a while.

Some people might think why would you use one light source (the sun) what is unstable and a lot of contrast when you can have multiple lights with modifiers and have full control at all time.


Doing the shoot I was constantly thinking about it.


My answer is “limiting yourself”


It’s like some of the reasons I do street photography with a 30 year old film camera.


The limitation forces you to be more careful about each shot and try to make the most of each role of film.


Anyway I’ll stop here as I’m starting to sound like a youtube tutorial video.


The point is to just give it a go.


One bad photo shoot wont destroy ones photo life.