Boho and Sunflowers Part Two - Isabel

I was going through some old photos and came across a set from my first ever photo shoot with models.  I'd only had my Fuji X-T1 for about five months and was just getting to know the camera.

Let's go back to 2015...  Based on the recommendation from two fellow photographers, I joined a Meetup group run by Marebeth Gromer, who's based east of Sacramento.  She decided to hold a photo shoot in the sunflower fields of Dixon, California.  I arrived to the location in the early evening and it was 97 degrees out there!

One of our models that day was Isabel.  And as you can see from the photos below, she did a great job out there in that heat!

(I don't have the camera settings from back then because I was just figuring out how to work with RAW files and at the time was using Aperture to edit photos.  I know I saved the high quality JPEGs, but have never been able to find the RAW files...)

I wasn't aware of it at the time, but this first photo may have been a subconscious attempt to work with leading lines.


I had this idea for the above photo to try to tell a story of some type, with Isabel as a free spirit, wondering where the road would take her.

For the next shot I learned a lot about lighting with a reflector.  I'd brought my lightstand and softbox and my only flash at the time, the Yongnuo 560 III, but I'd never thought about the benefits of a reflector.


Us photographers took turns holding the reflector for each other as we shot.  And it wasn't until I actually saw the effect on Isabel's face that I realized the benefits of using a reflector!

(I actually now have two reflectors, but I have a small one that works well and can fit nicely in my camera bag.  There are definitely benefits to using one for portraiture in the place of a flash!)

But ... even though I'm singing the praises of reflectors, the next two shots were actually done without a reflector or a speedlight. 


Isabel had stepped a few feet back into the sunflowers and was thus in the shade, so the above photo was shot completely in natural light.  I think at this point I had already watched a few of Damien Lovegrove's videos on lighting and so natural light was something I was already comfortable with.

The below shot is my absolute favorite because it -- unintentionally again -- used leading lines and natural light.  Isabel had been working with another photographer at the time and they were trying to figure out what type of pose would be appropriate and I suggested a yoga pose.


I was surprised that the Aperture app was able to lift the shadows as well as it did.  I wonder now what would have happened had I used Lightroom to manipulate the files.

That's it for this week.  It was fun reminiscing!

(BTW, if you're looking for Part One, I just realized that was published way back in March 2017... I do jump around, don't I?)