It’s amazing what golden-hour light can do to a subject! It’s fleeting. It can be overpowering. It can be intimidating to work with. With all the things that can go wrong with this very limited window of amazing light, so many things can go unpredictably right. I did not imagine any of these shots would come out this way. I had already successfully shot golden hour photos in the past. With those photos, I had a kind of vision in mind and when we attempted it, the results were mostly what we’d thought they would be.
In this instance however, I had no idea how the shots would come out and I really disliked the idea of shooting in such an overpowering light scenario this day. Fortunately, we did the shoot anyway. We ended up coming away with something magical! I also learned something about different ways to light people.
I say all this to say that if you have room for it, allow your creativity to run rampant once in awhile. Have fun creating and collaborating. You’ll surprise yourself sometimes. Sometimes things won’t go your way and that’ll be disappointing but, other times you get shots that feel like once-in-a-lifetime shots. It is incredibly difficult to replicate golden-hour shots because the sun needs to be at a position that it’s in only one time per year and if you have any precipitation that day or cloud cover…..well, you don’t get your shots.
I may go more into that but, that will definitely be another post at another time in the future. Anyway.. go enjoy your well-deserved weekend off if you happen to be off on the weekends!!
Halfway through the work week. It may be time to just pause and contemplate for a second or maybe take a breather. A lot of time we forget to stop and remember the good things we have going on for us. It’s times like this that I’m grateful for having photography as a creative outlet. It helps me focus and realign my energy in ways that are useful to me. It also allow me to put energy into something outside of myself and get that much needed separation from other things I may have going on my life.
What kinds of creative outlets do my followers and visitors have? I’d like to hear about it in the comments 🙂
Good morning everyone! I hope the weekend treated everyone well. Time to get the week started and we’re gonna go with some great golden hour shots this week.
Muse ig- https://www.instagram.com/xtian_alen/
I love working with Christian. He challenged me so much during our shoot and even later, in the editing process. We aspire to do things and a lot of times we’re our own worst enemies. We’re afforded opportunities and then are afraid to capitalize on them.
Christian just wants to create beautiful art. If you have the opportunity to work with and you somehow unlock his creative mindset, do yourself a favor and shut up, buckle up and try to keep up! A lot of us say we want more creative freedom. That we want to stop doing the same ole things and then we’re afraid to take leaps of faith. This shoot was scary for me because none of my traditional “rules” applied. I had to throw out a lot of things I’d learned and step out of my comfort zone. That’s terrifying to do but, the reward is unlike anything else when you click with your muse because of it. Seize control of your destiny and try something new! Happy Friday!!
Good morning folks!
Christian T Allen. Amazing!
Muse Ig- https://www.instagram.com/xtian_alen/
Wow. Christian T Allen. What can I say? The amount of talent in this model’s bones.. Sheesh. He’s someone who’s lead you follow and just kinda hope you can keep up. He’s full of creativity and likes to push the limits of both himself and the photographers he works with.
Muse Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/xtian_alen/
I had the pleasure of working with Pulchra (alias) a few months back. We decided to meet on a nature trail to get some shots done on location. It was hot that day, though you can’t tell from how great she looks in the final images. There was laughing, a little bit of getting lost (we made it back obviously lol) and great creativity to be had this day. I’m really looking forward to our next shooting experience!
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Model IG: @_ghrasefit_
I was in awe the entire time I was shooting with Ghrase. The title “So much Ghrase” fits so well. She’s confident, beautiful and flow poses with ease. I barely had to direct her at all. Certainly more of a collaborative effort. I was a little intimidated by her because I had seen her portfolio prior to meeting her. I played it smoothly of course lol. She’s a prefect example of a higher tier model. Someone you can learn from. I’m really looking forward to shooting with her again. She’s amazing! •
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