Creative Photo Shoot with Off Camera Light

I am a natural light photographer. I shoot on location and my number one criteria when picking a spot to photograph is always light! I am always looking to see what the light is doing and how it will fall on my subject.

 I started out a natural light photographer for two reasons.

Reason # 1: That is the look I just LOVE.

Reason # 2: I was clueless how to shoot with artificial light.

So there you have it. A confession. Before a few weeks ago I was completely clueless about how to work with lighting that is not the sun. AND terrified to even try. Using off camera light just seemed so technical and something I would never EVER be able to master.

Well thanks to Zach & Jody (http://www NULL.zachandjody NULL.com/blog/) and their IN-CAMERA Light Workshop (http://workshops NULL.zachandjody NULL.com/) I now feel confident enough to dabble in off camera lighting. After attending their AMAZING workshop I decided I needed to try shooting with off camera light without them holding my hand. So I rented some gear from Texas Photo Rental (http://www NULL.texasphotorental NULL.com/) for the weekend, (If you ever need to rent some gear you must look them up. Amazing resource for sure.) got two awesome high school seniors to model for me, and headed out to see if I could shoot using light other than the sun.

The images below are the result. I’d love to hear what you think. This look is totally different than what you are use to seeing on the blog. But I am ok with that. I really believe that photographers need to grow and evolve. I am not saying that all my images will now start looking like the ones below. I am just proud to say that now I have options!

A HUGE shout out to Kori and Taylor for modeling for me. You both were fabulous to work with. And seriously beautiful.

And now to the images. Please leave me a comment because I’d love to know what you think!

The images below were shot with out additional camera lighting. Simply natural light. I have included these because I wanted you to be able to see the difference between natural light and off camera light. All the images in this post were taken around 9 am outside.

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May 23, 2012 - 8:52 am

Julia - It’s amazing what a difference lighting makes (I know, duh!). I can see the appeal of the natural light…it’s just brighter overall. But I think your off camera light shots look great too and definitely add a new dimension to your style. It helps when you have great models to work with too!

May 23, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Laurel - Renee this is huge! I can tell this is very different from your usual stuff. No doubt it’s a step outside your comfort zone. But it was worth steping outside the box – these are truly great images. It really opens up the possibilities for your business and just your love for photography.

May 23, 2012 - 10:31 pm

gaye flores ordinario - Very nice…I like the dramatic effect of your lighting,you did an awesome job as always! Just like you, I love shooting with natural light but living in Alaska gives me no options at all during the winter. I enjoy looking at your photos!!

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