If you have been following my work and artistic journey, you know that all of my photography has existed outdoors with natural lighting. I LOVE shooting outdoors, one, because being outside in general makes me feel alive; two, you can usually depend on it. Anyone in photography or videography know that the golden hour is an artist's moment to shine.
But recently I have really been looking for new challenges and new things to explore. I want to keep my work fresh and my soul inspired. I decided to organize a day to test out my knowledge of studio photography with some of my close gal pals where we could eat, drink, and be merry while they let me snap some pics.
I don't know how many people know this about me, but I have never had any formal training of any kind in terms of photography. I went to film school and took maybe one cinematography class and a few courses on composition and design. Most of what I know is entirely self-taught. Now, I have done a fair amount of commercial type interviews as well as interviews for my personal documentary work. So I know basic three-point lighting and generally have some faith in my eye and judgement.
I own two soft-box lights but no muslin or backdrop frame (I did just order a whole kit though and I'm SCREAMING I'm so excited). My lovely friend Jenny, let us use her gorgeous open living room with white walls and lots of natural lighting. So I set up my lights and began playing around with the angles, taking into consideration the direction of the natural lighting from her floor to ceiling windows, and started shooting away.
It was honestly one of my favorite shoots I have ever done. We jammed to an all ladies playlist, drank some mimosas and every person got to sit on my stool and feel beautiful. It was an incredible feeling to be surrounded by such love and trust. The best part of this whole thing is that it started out as something I just wanted to try, and turned into a weirdly empowering experience.
Thank you Anna Nygren for these BTS pics
There are certainly things I need to work on. Because I was shooting against a wall there is some texture in the background that I would like to avoid. I think I chose some angles on the lighting that isn't as flattering or maybe a bit too harsh on the subjects face in a few of the photos. But that's what this experience was for! I'm learning, and it's exhilarating.
I'm excited to keep working and honing in on these techniques and potentially begin booking more in studio sessions (even though natural lighting will forever have my heart).