DC Trip: Part I

Luke and I returned from vacation about a week ago. We were in DC for five days with my sister and then we drove down to C-ville for my brother’s wedding. I took about a billion photos so I’m going to be posting them in installments. One of the evenings I was there, Ann and I decided to go out at sunset to practice taking backlit photos. By the time we left her place the sun was already setting so we only had about 20 minutes of light. Below are a few of my pretty sister! Ann was also practicing but she was using her own camera so all of the pics of me are on her camera except for one at the very end 🙂K-&-A-Backlit-photos

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Finding the Light

So much of photography has to do with light. I’m still trying to understand it all so my friend Aimee offered to help me “find the light” one evening. We drove around town and ended up at this spot. It was actually a little cloudy out which was OK at first because the clouds worked as a natural diffuser. However, as the sun continued to go down a big cloud covered it up ending our photo session prematurely. Bummer!

AimeeAimee had been staying with us for a couple weeks finishing up work here in Florida before moving up to North Georgia. She is gone now and we miss her and her husband!! Two of our good “couple” friends moved this month 😦 We’re sad that they are gone but super happy for them. Below is a picture of Aimee and I at Clam Pass beach. She wanted to go to the beach one last time before leaving Florida. It was a gorgeous day. We thought we’d be chilly in swim suits so we opted for shorts and t-shirts. We ended up being really HOT! Should have known better 🙂Beach

Mother and Daughter

My beautiful friend Megan and her sweet baby girl let me snag them for some photos yesterday during the Golden Hour. We headed out about 4:30 to get a good hour in before sunset. I was a little worried as we were driving to the location and it started to rain! Thankfully, it let up just in time to catch some gorgeous light. To prepare for the shoot I read this article on one of my favorite websites I Heart Faces. It was fun to try some different things but definitely challenging with the light changing so quickly and the bright sun made it difficult to focus. I recently read about back button focusing so I think I might try that out next time! I decided to add a watermark to my photos for fun…this is my graphic design logo turned photography logo 🙂M&F-1

M&F-2M&F-3M&F-4M&F-6I used a reflector for the shot below. Notice her face is illuminated and she has some beautiful catch light in her eyes! I had planned on using the reflector earlier but it was too difficult to hold and shoot at the same time. It wasn’t until the end that I realized I could prop the reflector up against a step stool I had brought with me and ta da! Gives it a whole different look…M&F-7