As well as working with new models, I have the greatest pleasure of working with photographers as well.

This was the case with model/photographer Mackenzie. She is a local Dallas photographer specializing in family and event portraits.

It is always a blessing to be able to take photos of other photographers, especially because I know how picky I am. She reached out to me on Instagram and we were on our way to a great collaboration.

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For this shoot, I packed a few lenses, but I ended up only using one. My lens of choice for this collaboration was the Sony 35mm f1.4. This lens is tack sharp and allowed me to get some of the environment around Mackenzie during the shoot.

I did take some closer portraits, but I tried to stay at least 2-3 feet back when possible. The distortion of the lens is noticeable when you try to do close-up portraits. This is pretty much true of all wide angle lenses that I know of. The Sony 35mm f1.4 was paired with my Sony a7ii Mirrorless camera body.

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Shoot Details

Camera – Sony a7ii
Lens – Sony 35mm F1.4 Lens
Location – Downtown Plano
Lighting – Natural Light



Post-production editing

I tend to edit all my shoots the exact same way due to the way I shoot. I always underexpose especially because I shoot wide open and there is tons of light coming into the lens. I know this style is not for everyone, but I love the results, and I have post-editing in mind. I bring all my photos into ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) and apply my custom preset to the images. Many of the images were very dark but it was easy to lighten them up in the post editing process.

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What did I learn from this shoot

The sun was pretty much right above us, and I knew I had to keep the model in the shade as much as possible to avoid harsh shadows on her face and under her eyes. I used the natural background and concrete as a giant reflector when shooting.

The garage and light-colored concrete bounced light everywhere so it was perfect for getting shots with good lighting. The studio shots were a little darker then I wanted, but I was able to correct the exposure in post-production. Even when I think I got a bad shot, I know I can give it a second chance in photoshop.

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