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.

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A lazy Sunday portrait session is just what I needed

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.

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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.

Equipment

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.

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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.

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Kinga Sony a7 Mirrorless Camera Sony Portraits Sony 35mm f1.4 Dallas Photographer

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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