Category Archives: natural light

Morning Mist

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Many people believe that to capture the best natural light photographs you need a lot of bright sunshine. But most photographers will tell you to be careful with strong overhead sunshine and to take advantage of all kinds of weather to achieve a wide variety of quality shots. These 3 photographs, from a photo session this week, were made during a morning that saw more mist than not.

I booked a fashion photo shoot with an actress and model, Allison Cain, here in Atlanta and we met at our outdoor location, but because of the weather decided to move to a nearby, more suitable spot. Photographers have to be flexible with things that come up, and so I try to maintain a positive vibe with everyone I work with.

Allison, who was a treat to work with–a real pro, styled a couple of unique handmade peasant dresses for the shoot. Although we originally went for a modern hippie look, because of the new location and an added accessory, the look changed in ways that were unexpected but probably better than originally anticipated.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

The cranberries, when added to the look of the white dress and the woodsy location, lent those photos a mythological feel–maybe with an air of modern wood nymph. While the blue and green peasant dress paired with the grain mill setting made Allison seem transported from the mid-1800’s. Her portrait above could be a book cover or movie poster from a period piece.

Anyway, change is good and forces you to be creative. Even when change is small things work out in surprising ways. We got so many good shots, I’ll have to add more in a later post. Many thanks to Allison for a great time shooting fashion together.  Cheers!

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

All photographs copyright Notes Of Light~Photography, 2016

 

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Island Time

Beautiful photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
These are random shots representing two other aspects of photography, besides portraiture styles, that I enjoy: architecture and nature. The church above is Lovely Lane Chapel at Epworth By The Sea, St. Simons Island, Georgia. A charming old building from the 1880’s, in a charming location, it had to be photographed. Couldn’t resist.

Beautiful photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Also on St. Simons is this grand old cedar tree overlooking the water, gnarled and twisted from the constant beach breezes. I took several photos from different angles trying to decide on its “best” side of interesting textures in the light and shadow. Only later did I decide to convert it to black and white.

Beautiful photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Just steps away, I walked by this cluster of mushrooms sprouting in the damp grass. I photographed this quirky little fungus by getting down beside it right at eye level. The canopy of the cedar tree, from the previous picture, makes a splendid backdrop for this stark white mushroom.

Several folks walked by and chuckled at the sight of me stretched out in the wet grass. But I was vindicated by another photographer who stopped, nodded approvingly, and told me where to find some more of these interesting and short models to shoot.


All photos copyright Notes Of Light~Photography, 2015

Beach Portraits

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
I frequently get to go to the lovely Georgia locale called St. Simon’s Island, and the last time there had another opportunity to shoot portraits on the beach. With water, sand, breezes, and lots of natural light–seaside is one of my favorite places for photography. I love to see how those elements come together in the still image.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Trust me, take a trip to the beach, find some time to take photos, and look for all the wonderful ingredients that can make an interesting photo. You don’t have to be a professional to experiment and have fun.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

As one of Georgia’s Golden Isles, St. Simon’s is the most inhabited, but each of the other islands offers its own brand of charm for photographers and vacationers. There are many more pictures to be made, and many more to be made at beautiful St. Simon’s, so I’ll be back there soon.

July Photo Shoots

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

As a photographer, July was a busy month for me. The types of portrait sessions that I shot ran the gamut from senior portrait, family portrait, an out-of-town beach portrait, to a modeling portrait session, seen here in this post. Although these types of sessions are all portrait based, they are distinct enough that each one had to be approached and handled differently to get the best results.

Many models will book a shoot wanting to update their portfolio with a different “look” or concept. Having a variety of looks demonstrates their versatility to potential agents and maximizes their earning power. Here, Atlanta model Abby Gamache and I picked a country girl look for her shoot.

After assembling the wardrobe, choosing an appropriate location was next in line and nothing says “country” like a barn and grassy fields. In the photograph above, the open barn entrance provided lots of beautiful indirect ambient light for Abby to pose in.

Because her halter top was covered with white stars AND because it was July, we absolutely HAD to go with some fun shots like the one below. The colors and the two similar, but different, fields of stars work well together. I love how this turned out.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Coordinating and working with Abby on this session was a fun way to start off last month. Stay tuned for more posts soon!

Photography & Glass

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Last week I teamed up with my friend Sandra for a photography portrait session where all the photos involved glass. This is a project I had been wanting to try for awhile, but I wanted to find the right person to model, someone who could convey different moods and capture the viewers attention. Sandra is beautiful and a wonderful singer, one who connects easily with the music and audience and so I knew she’d be perfect. Besides, she is easy-going and I thought she would be pretty patient with me and the whole process of staging the shots!

I love evocative photographs that stir the imagination. In the first photo, Sandra is gazing at the clouds in pensive thought and those same clouds are reflected in the window of the car, giving the whole photo a dreamy effect. In the next photo, below, the viewer becomes an active part of the story by her direct look at the camera.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
After we experimented with many shots through glass to achieve different effects, I wanted to join her on the other side of the window. With streaming light coming in and highlighting her from behind, I shot this more traditional portrait. As well as the pose and lighting, I like the way the little splashes of vivid color and the complementary colors play, and the texture of the coat.
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Senior Portrait

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Another fun photo shoot, this one with a nice young man posing for his casual senior portraits.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
A memorable photograph is one that captures the personality of the subject, and I like the one above, particularly, because it has a genuine quality.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Location, even when it is a secondary subject, is important and says much. We chose an urban environment for his shoot, to convey progress, potential, and an exciting future.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
It’s nice to be a part of people’s memorable moments. A little planning, a little spontaneity, and preparation helps to capture those great images they will keep a lifetime.</div.

Portrait Photography with Heather

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
I keep meeting the coolest people in my photography work. Heather is a model and former professional ballet dancer, so I wanted to gear her photo shoot around her love of dance. Besides being pretty and talented, she is super nice, too.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
We chose a beach location for our beautiful backdrop. For me, I always prefer to work with a magical or interesting landscape when shooting any model. It adds to the photograph’s overall effect.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
For photography to be the best it can be, I consider the portrait session a collaboration, communicating back and forth with the subject to get what we both need. And we did, Heather and I got lot of shots together with which we were happy. This was a fun and productive trip, can’t wait to go back to Hilton Head!

Amanda’s photo shoot

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Hilton Head Island is such an amazing place, full of beautiful people and sights. Lucky me, a trip took me there for play and a little work. I met and shot lovely Amanda one morning. She was wonderfully nice and, as I found out, a musician like myself.

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Not only does she take a great portrait photo, but she told me all about the island and it’s ecosystem–everything from plant life to aquatic life. She was a good sport to spend time posing in the trees, and as she dodged a couple of bugs that even she didn’t recognize. 😉

After modeling for an hour she was still ready to work, and after one final clothing change we ended the session on the beach for some great swimsuit shots.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Portrait Session – Lauren

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

One of the things I like most doing photography is getting to meet new people.  A model, named Lauren, I worked with last week was a pleasure to work with and her photos turned out really well.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

I enjoy creating portrait shoots that are beautiful  and evocative and spark the imagination, and she worked hard to deliver what I needed for each shot.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

She even delivered a great fashion pose midway through her set (below).

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Springtime Portrait Session

Beautiful portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

Springtime in Atlanta is always a great time of year with the variety of flowering plants, and I can’t imagine anywhere else being quite as pretty when they are all in bloom. As I like to incorporate scenery into my portraits I wanted to take advantage of all of the outdoor beauty with a portrait photo session.

This young model was wonderful to work with, looks beautiful, and was even agreeable with getting up early for the morning shoot. While I usually shy away from special effects, I added antiquing which seemed appropriate for this first shot. The second shot was a concept photograph of which we took advantage of our surroundings and streaming light.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

The third was the model purely her being herself.  I usually give models minimal instruction if the they are relaxed and natural, which she was.

Portrait photography by Notes of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett

The fourth picture we decided to try after we thought we had finished for the day, using a dogwood tree’s blossoms of which Atlanta is famous.

Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett
Portrait photography by Notes Of Light, Atlanta & Gwinnett