Egizio Portrait Photo Session

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If you follow my work, you’ll see I shoot more landscapes, nature, and concerts. Portrait photography is rare for me, but that’s not by choice. I don’t put myself out there to shoot many portraits. A short while ago, I was asked to shoot high school senior photos for someone I know. Although I was a bit nervous due to my lack of experience in this subject, I took the challenge head on!

We shot the portrait photos in the late afternoon on a sunny day. It’s not the best conditions for a photo shoot due to the harsh shadows and harsh sunlight in the scene. Nevertheless, I worked with what I had to make the best of the shoot and took the opportunity to expand my skills into unfamiliar territory. 

I shot the photos on my Canon 7D Mark II with a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX lens, Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM lens, and Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX lens. I tried to use a Yongnuo 600 EX-RT flash as a fill light to compensate for the harsh shadows, but I must admit I also lack experience on this topic as well. I used a remote trigger for the flash and offset it to the side, pointing at the side of my model that was receiving the most shadow. I personally still feel the shadows are too harsh for my preference. Perhaps positioning was poor or flash intensity was too weak. I know I will only get better, but these photos aren’t terrible either. Everyone is their own worst critic and I know where I lack experience. My client was thoroughly pleased with the results and I am happy with the photos as well. 

I often write posts offering my own advice to my readers, but I would gladly welcome positive criticism and suggestions from you to improve my own skills for the next shoot. Let me know what you think in the comments or share your own advice. 

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