The Texas Discover Gardens in downtown Dallas (aka The butterfly house) was a perfect location for a free spirit like Averie. We met up for an early morning portrait shoot and got some amazing photos before the place got packed. It offered a full array of natural beauty and outside landscaped gardens.
Averie was not new to modeling, and this made it easy to work with her on this shoot. She danced, and moved and I just worked to keep up with her along the way.
Dallas Photography Session
The overall session was great. I was able to keep in some shadow areas of the tree line and also the indoor butterfly exhibit was very colorful. It was a little more humid than I would have wanted, but it was nothing we could not handle. The butterfly exhibit was calm and well shaded so it gave me the opportunity to shoot wide open and get some great bokeh in my shots.
What I learned on this shoot
I’m used to my model shoots being more posed and simplistic. When working with Averie, I knew I was going to have to move to continuous auto focusing and shooting due to her moving around so much. I learned very quickly about staying in focused areas.
Single-shot focus was just not going to cut it. I moved to continuous and found that the Sony A7 kept up pretty well. There were some blurry shots along the way, but it always happens when I move around. I did my best to keep her in frame, and the rest is history.
Camera: Sony A7
Lenses: Sony 55mm f1.8 / Sony 85mm 1.4 GMaster / Sony 35mm 1.4
Editing: Photoshop custom tweaks
I hope you enjoyed this session. Consider checking out some other great gear from Sony.
Great Sony Full-Frame Cameras for Portrait Photography:
My Sony A7riii Mirrorless Camera – High resolution Sony Mirrorless Camera
The Sony A7rii – High resolution Sony Mirrorless Camera (2nd Generation)
Sony a7iii Mirrorless Camera – 3rd Generation Sony Mirrorless Camera
Sony a7ii Mirrorless Camera w/IBIS – 2nd Generation Sony Mirrorless Camera
The Sony A7 Mirrorless Camera – Great full-frame starter camera for beginners
Sony Full-Frame Lenses for Portraits: (e-mount)
Sony 85mm f1.4 G-Master – Best 85mm portrait lens
Batis 85mm f1.8 – Lightweight 85mm portrait lens
Sony 85mm f1.8 – Smallest 85mm portrait lens
Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 – Small, sharp, lightweight portrait lens (my favorite lens)
The Sony 50mm f1.8 – Cheap starter nifty fifty
The Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 – Great wide option for portraits and lifestyle images
Sony 24-70 G-Master f2.8 – Sharp and versatile zoom lens
Sony 24-105 G Lens f4.0 – One of the best zooms for Sony
Wide Angle 16-35mm F2.8 – G-Master wide angle lens
The Sony 70-200 G-Master Lens f2.8 – Long range telephoto zoom
Great Sony Starter Cameras for Portraits: (crop-sensor)
Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera – Amazing eye auto-focus detection
Sony a6300 Mirrorless Camera – Sony mirrorless camera (2nd generation)
The Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera – Great affordable interchangeable lens camera
Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera w/IBIS – Amazing photography and video camera
Affordable Crop Sensor Lenses for Portraits: (e-mount)
Sigma 30mm f1.4 – Great for blurry backgrounds
Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS – Made for crop sensors and shallow depth of field
Sigma 16mm f1.4 – Amazing lens for Vloggers and video
Sony 35mm f1.8 – Super walk around lens for travel