Embracing the Elements on an Outdoor Shoot // Make the Most of Your Surroundings

It's where we've all got our start! Shooting in natural light can be soft, beautiful, hard, and intense. It's how you use it that makes your image come to life. The downside about shooting outdoors in natural light is that you can't control the elements. Rain, Snow, Sleet, Hail ... while a postal worker can make it through, those things can often dampen a shoot (pun intended).

So what do you do when you are limited on time, or can't reschedule? Make the most of it! For this shoot with Kim, owner of Gatehouse Studio, we had a couple looks left before ending the day. The wind started to pick up, and the sun was going in and out behind clouds. Keeping an eye on the sky, knowing that the soft diffused light when the sun was hidden behind the clouds was what we wanted, we had a limited window to take some photos. We used the wind to our advantage and it worked great blowing Kim's hair and her dress. This bit of moment, along with the soft diffused light, gave Kim a fun, flowy, and inviting photo to use in her branding.

Outdoor portrait of Kim, owner of Gatehouse, by photographer Tausha Dickinson
Kim, owner of Gatehouse Studio

Embracing natural light for this shoot, I backlit my subject with the sun and had my assistant follow her from the front with a 5-in-1 reflector to bounce some light back onto her face. I had my assistant use the white interior of the reflector to keep things looking soft.

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Client: Gatehouse Studio
Photographer: Tausha Dickinson
Assistant: Anthony Romano

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