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I had the opportunity to work with Vanessa again. She is a local Dallas model who loves to be in front of the camera when her busy schedule allows. We met up in Richardson at CityLine and had a great early morning shoot. Today was the first time I had a chance to do specific Sony a6400 portraits. I’ve had the camera for about a week and today was the real test for me.

Natural Light Dallas Photographer

Like all my shoots, I love to get more of a lifestyle feel with my TFP model shoots. They are fun to do, and I always look forward to collaborating with different models. This was the 4th shoot I had with Vanessa and I just feel like my photos of her keep getting better and better as I go. She moves very naturally and her curls glisten in the sun along with her infectious smile.

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Sony a6400 Portraits | Sony 35mm f1.4

Coming from the full frame Sony a7ii, this camera did pretty amazing in the natural light. I paired it with  my Sony FE Zeiss 35mm f1.4. Before you say anything, yes, I know it was a full frame lens on a crop sensor body. To be honest I only own FE lenses, so I had to make it work. It felt slightly front heavy since the 35mm is a pretty large lens, but in the mix of the shoot, this combo was great.

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Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera
Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4

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What I Learned About This Shoot

This shoot was interesting because I was switching back and forth from portraits to video. I wanted to get some behind the scenes so I essentially became a hybrid shooter in this session. It made me slow down and really think about my settings. I checked, and then double checked before I starting shooting. It was a challenge, but I look forward to getting faster at the transition.

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Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera
Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4

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Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera
Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4

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Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera
Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4

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Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera
Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4

I hope you enjoyed this session. Consider checking out some of the great gear from Sony. See the links below:

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

Recommended Accessories:

Godox Ving V860IIS Camera Flash – Speedlight Paired w/ X1T-S Wireless Trigger
Meike Grip Sony a7 – Camera extension grip
Meike Grip Sony a7ii – Camera extension grip

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