Downtown Austin with Gabriella

Getting a chance to attend a photography meetup has its perks. One of those perks is meeting new and beautiful models along with crazy talented photographers. Gaby was one such model I had a chance to meet and collaborate with onsite.

Right off the bat, you could tell she was not shy and loved smiling the whole time. She came to the meetup with a great attitude and her confidence really shined during the shoot.

Gabriella Downtown Austin TFP Model Shoot v1

Sony a7ii / Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8

For this meetup, I chose to travel light. I had only my backpack with my essentials (snacks, water bottle, and charger) and carried around my Sony a7ii Mirrorless Camera with my Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 FE Lens.

This combo is great for keeping the form factor very small and inconspicuous. I didn’t even have my battery grip on the camera during the shoot.

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Gabriella Downtown Austin TFP Model Shoot v2

Post-production editing

Post-production editing turned into a small ordeal. I wanted to try many different styles with these photos since they offered a very ethereal feel. Especially the rooftop shots in the sunset.

In the end, I experimented with a few different styles but opted to keep my branded style for my portfolio. I think it’s great to experiment with your style of photo editing. This allows you to grow as an artist and try new things.

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What did I learn from this shoot

The one thing I had to remember was let the model show their own identity. Gaby rocked the shoot. She moved very naturally and very gracefully. Instead of my posing her and asking her to slow down, I set my camera to continuous auto-focus and I tried to keep up.

This made the shoot have so much more of a lifestyle feel, and I am very happy with the result.

What would I do differently

Time was a general factor along with the heat during this shoot. I would have loved to get more cityscape shots in the background. I only had one lens with me, but I wish I had a zoom handy or at least a wider angle lens.

Maybe a 35mm or 30mm to get more of the beautiful backgrounds and buildings.

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Sony Cameras for Portrait Photography:

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 Lenses for Portraits:

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
The Sony 70-200 G-Master Lens f2.8 – Long range telephoto zoom

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