07 Sep Portrait Photography Lighting
NATURAL LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY
People often ask me why I don’t have a photography studio in a busy commercial area, and I always say the same thing: It’s all about the light. I looked at commercial spaces and seriously considered opening a studio in a downtown setting, but I can never find anything that comes close to what I have right here at home.
My style of photography is 99% based on natural lighting. It gives portraits a fresh, contemporary look–definitely not like anything out of the 70s and 80s playbook of portrait photography. Remember those hilarious studio portraits from the 80s? With people staring off into space with an eerily-serene, plastered-on smile that scares their families, and a spotlight shining on them from somewhere in a pitch-black room? My photographs are running down the street screaming in the opposite direction!!!!
There are five, 6-foot windows in a turret area at the front of the room–a nightmare for drapery budgeting, but ideal for photography. There’s a constant source of light throughout the day from the east, south, and west. I haven’t found anywhere else that comes close to offering this much light.
My studio needs to have really good sources of natural light coming in from windows, and it just so happens that my living room has an abundance of windows with lots of room for shooting portraits.
During a fireside chat with hot chocolate and a whole bunch of extra marshmallows, my husband and teenagers generously agreed to let me convert the living room into my own little piece of heaven. Was it a problem that I asked them after I opened my business? Nope. Not for me.