Summer photo session with Anthony, Christy and their yellow lab Jack
Driving towards Newbury Park on a warm Saturday afternoon we were met with the wonderful surprise of a ten degree difference in temperature. Given the heat that we have been living with this summer it was a welcome change. When scheduling photo sessions in the summer season Its good to check the weather ahead of time to be sure it isn't too hot out. The heat can cause a lot of discomfort for a client and that discomfort will show through in the photos. On the 101 freeway as we drove toward our shoot we even caught a glimpse of a fire burning off in the distance.
We met on location at 6:30pm. The sun was still far from ready to set but the light we had was great none the less. Christy, her husband Anthony and their dog Jack are close friends of my fiancee. Christy and Anthony were a pleasure to work with. Their dog Jack was full of energy like most labs but when it was time to take their photos he was very well behaved. My fiancee and Christy have been friends for almost ten years. When Christy asked to have her photos taken it was just about setting a date.
The park Christy selected for her photoshoot was just a few steps away from their new home. I try to do as much research as possible before shooting at a new location. This helps me plan the path we will take through our photoshoot and ensure we get the photos we want. In this instance I wasn't able to make it out to survey the area prior to the shoot. I relied on Google maps and screen shots taken by others who have visited that park before. I find it helpful to use Instagram when doing research on a new location. More often than not I find a large amount of photos taken by others who are familiar with the best angles to photograph from.
Since the sun was still rather high in the sky we began our shoot posing under a tree. The shade helps to prevent harsh light and shadows from being cast on a persons face. One thing I learned to watch out for is light spilling through the branches. It can create a hard light spot or spots on a person that isn't easy to edit out in post.
From there we moved into the clearing while still remaining covered by the trees shade. I tried a few different lenses to incorporate the grand landscape in the background. Having started out taking landscape photos I like to incorporate the surrounding area whenever possible in my work with people.