A lazy Sunday portrait session is just what I needed
Meeting people from the Dallas area is sure to be a great time. I recently had a chance to meet up with Photographer Hector Reyes of Richardson TX, and we hosted a lazy Sunday shootout event. This event brought make-up artists and models from all over the DFW area. The sun was shining and we just knew it was going to be a great day to shoot. This portrait session was the start of an 8 model shoot for the day.
Model and MUA
Kinga was one of our models for the day. She is a part-time model and student finishing out her college education. Kinga was so much fun to work with. She took direction very well and had beautiful blue eyes that easily could draw any attention from the room. This portrait session was an intimate session and concept. We made sure to keep it classy and simplistic. Our MUA for the day was Pilar Del Carmen. She doubled as a HMUA and model for the day.
Concept and Location
The concept for this TFP portrait session was “Lazy Sunday”. Natural beauty with neutral tones and simple artistic looks. The goal was to capture the model in a more natural lifestyle setting for this portrait session. The location is an updated private residence in Richardson, TX that allowed for some great natural light for most of the shoot.
Natural light from the large windows made it easy to keep the shoot simple. For the darker areas, we set up small LED lights with softbox modifiers. The modifiers were fitted with grids to help shape and direct the light. My main camera was the Sony A7 with the Zeiss 35mm 1.4 lens. This was a first for me, as I had never shot a portrait session with a 35mm.
What I learned from this shoot
My normal go-to lenses are the Sony 55mm 1.8, and Sony 85mm 1.4 GMaster. The Zeiss 35mm felt very different and I had to adjust for the wide angles. I tried to stay a few feet back from the model so the distortion would not affect the image. There were many shots I ended up not using because I was simply standing too close. I used the walls as natural backgrounds in the home and tried to stay as close as possible to large windows to maximize the light.