Backlighting my clients is one of my favorite things to do on a bright sunny day. I love the soft light so much that it makes me smile! And do a happy dance!
A lot of people ask me about sunflare, and I often get questions from clients wondering what those "green dots" are on the images. Sunflare. I love playing with light; sunflare is one of my favorite things. The first image below that Mike took of me has lots and lots of sunflare. The image is very soft, and I love that about it. To achieve sunflare, the sun has to be peeking into the lens, just a little. It isn't easy to get sunflare because once the sun starts peeking into the lens, it is more difficult to get a lock on focus.
You will notice that in all of the images below except for the very last one that my hair is glowing a gold color around my head. No, I didn't get highlights! haha! It's rim lighting. Like a halo of light. I love this kind of light. The sun is directly behind me shining through my hair but not peeking into the lens. Once the sun peeks into the lens, you get sunflare. So in order to achieve this kind of image, you need to hide the sun behind the person you are photographing with a small amount of light shining through their hair.
The very last image is still glowing, but the sun is totally hidden behind me with nothing peeking through my hair (well, maybe ever so slightly on the right side) and nothing peeking into the lens.
As you can see here, there are so many ways to play with light. I have so much fun with it. So keep practicing and experimenting! And let me know if you have any questions! I would love to hear from you!
Dress: Hunter Dixon
The question: "Lindsey, how do I avoid the appearance of a shiny face and sweating bullets in summer photographs?! Help!"
The answer: Awesome cosmetics (makeup is an incredible tool)
The information source: Cosmetic industry rockers
I get a lot of questions from clients about the best way to "stay cool" when shooting in the summer. Yes, it's hot and humid, but summertime in NY is an amazing time for photographs with beautiful light. And, when couples get married/engaged or families want summer family portraits, they want to look great outside in the sun (for my signature sunflare shots!).
During many of my shoots, I work with unbelievable makeup artists, but often they don't come along for the entire shoot. So, I set out today to find out from some of the industry's best how to do quick touchups. I mean, I get shiny too (note: I am crazy, and I bounce, jump, bend, and run throughout the entire shoot), and it doesn't hurt to know how to fix a little shine!
I called my friend Erik Kaiser, CEO of GLAMCOR, a hyper innovative cosmetics company that is revolutionizing the makeup industry with their incredible products designed for professionals. He was going to visit Donna Artz, an expert markeup artist with a passionate cult following on YouTube, to introduce her to the super secret product that GLAMCOR is launching this weekend at IMATS in Pasadena. This was another chance to be at the cutting edge, and I wanted to learn from the best about preventing shiny faces!
I couldn't believe my eyes when Donna spent two minutes touching up my face. I was wearing a little bit of makeup already, but she applied a few products with expert brushes... and BAM! Huge difference. Stay tuned for some footage of this awesome day (along with the products that I will be carrying to share with clients) that is coming in the next few weeks. For now, enjoy these shots of the three of us learning from each other!
What are your favorite shine-reducing products? Leave a comment below.
Leah and I love to dress up in hats and go out. We have so much fun. You can't even imagine some of the comments we get when we wear Leah's beautiful creations on our heads. It's fun to be a little crazy! Makes life more fun. And we like to document our fun in photo booths! We could spend the entire day acting wild in those things!
What's better than amazing hats, cute dresses, hot pink and purple lipstick (although you can't see our crazy lipstick here in b/w, trust us!), sunglasses, and good friends? Tell me what you think is better... I would love to hear from you!
Those were the first words out of Mike's mouth when he saw me dressed this way. Not Bohemian. Not cool-cat. Not hipster. Hobo-mian. A mixture between a hobo and a bohemian. Big scarf. Huge hat. Too many patterns going on. What? Man Repeller? Are you out there? I think Leandra has a point. When women wear things that they think look cool, often men are actually repelled.
Speaking of repelling men, sometimes photography sessions actually repel men. The mere thought of it gives them the frozen/panicked/eyes-glazed-over look. They have these visions of standing still for hours not knowing what to do. Posing awkwardly. Bored. Kissing. But once they have had a session with me, that all changes. I promise. Every single guy that I have ever photographed has said how they actually had fun and how the session was completely different from what they had ever imagined.
How do I do it? Easy. Often at engagement sessions I haven't met the couple before, so I let loose and get to being myself really quickly. It's like we are really good friends walking around the city talking about fun things and there just so happens to be a camera clicking away while we chat. I talk so much while I shoot that when I get home I can't talk for the rest of the night. I jump. I run. I get really really excited. I love what i am doing so much, and I know that I couldn't portray happiness and love with real laughs if I was merely asking people to laugh for me. In every picture that you see laughter, it is contagious laughter. Just picture me in my hobo-chic (love this new word) outfit laughing and saying silly things behind the lens. Because that's really what is going on.
How do you get a good picture of the two of you on vacation? Everyone has this problem. The options are: bug people to take it for you, do the old-arm-stretch-one-of-you-isn't-in-the-picture/face distortion set-up, or you can find a cool mirror and roll like we do!
What do you do? I would love to hear from you! Send me questions/comments/thoughts!
Yes, it's true. I do love to whip my hair back and forth! And I especially love it when people that I photograph do the same. It's liberating. And oh so fun.
You may have noticed the new blog headers circulating. I always have a lot of questions about WHO takes your pictures on the blog. I am lucky to say that Michael takes a lot of them (so does my sister!). He has a little art direction help, but he is good! Don't you think? And I like being in front of the camera. It's super fun. I like to know what my clients feel like.
We were in Miami this weekend, and we stayed at the Mondrian South Beach. We loved it. Very cool rooms. Chandeliers everywhere (even in the showers). Lots of white and black furniture and cool patterns. Awesome pool scene. Pictures everywhere of a girl that looked like she is part computer part human. Very cat-like eyes. Mike and I were placing bets as to whether she was completely made up or part real/part fake. What do you think?
I would love to hear from you! Send me questions/comments/thoughts!
Mike and I were in the Hamptons with three of our favorite couple friends this weekend. I love relaxing and being with good friends. People always ask me what places I like to go to the Hamptons and what things I like to do. More than anything, I love to eat at places on the side of the road, have BBQs at home with friends, and swim in the ocean.
Things that remind me of the Hamptons: Rose wine. Clam Bar. Shelter Island. Friends. Golfing. BBCs at Cyrils. La Fondita. Mint. Bathing suits. Long car rides through windy roads with the top down. Lobster rolls. Sand. Popsicles. Fresh watermelon juice. The ocean. Cucumbers. Flip flops. Deli sandwiches. Windblown hair. Surfing. BBQs.
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