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Carolina Photo Shoot

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

Getting to shoot a portrait session out of state was a wonderful opportunity; there were new landscapes, people to meet, and many beautiful sights. This time it was a photo shoot with an amazing young lady.

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

Choosing an accessory or two for the model to sport can really make a simple outfit particularly eye-catching. Here I had her wear a scarf and an antique hat over a plain tank top. While she would look pretty either way, the accessories push the photo to another level of interesting.

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

The same can be said for going barefoot. This change in wardrobe makes the pose, in the shot above, more organic. Now shoeless, she appears to be perching by the creek–a more compelling pose, in this instance, than simply squatting. I’ve learned over time that sometimes small adjustments can mean big improvements in portrait photography.

Historic Shiloh Methodist Church

Last weekend I spent two cold pre-dawn hours shooting the historic Shiloh Methodist Church in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. This church has survived as a congregation as early as the 1700’s and this building, shown in the photographs, was built in 1825. This is a pioneer church of upstate South Carolina.

Multi-generation families in the area tell that a Revolutionary War skirmish was fought along a nearby creek and that the dead were buried here, but it is unknown whether the church existed at that point in time.  Directly behind the church building is a large and old graveyard; simple standing stones do mark the resting spot of a couple dozen unknowns. In the dark of early morning it is a quiet and solitary place except for the arc of stars, slight stony silhouettes along the ground, and white-board church. White-board that’s a shade of grey with almost no light.

Camera set on tripod, I began shooting with a 30 second exposure.