Legacy West Portrait Shoot with Madison

Instagram has truly been a great tool for finding and collaborating with new models. I find that many new models reach out and are curious about the process and working with photographers. Madison was one such model.

She currently a social media intern at a company based in downtown Dallas, and she had some experience being in front of the camera. I had a great experience working with her, even though we got rained out during the shoot. We made the best of the situation and I think I still got some great images.

Madison Portraits of Dallas Natural Light

Sony a7ii / Sony 85mm f1.4 GMaster / Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8

My original goal was to shoot natural light around the new Legacy West area but the Texas weather had other plans. I had my Sony a7ii packed along with my Sony 85mm f1.4 Gmaster lens, and my smaller and wider Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.8 lens. Since it turned cloudy and rainy fast, and I was counting on the wider apertures indoors to give me more light for my shots.

Post-production editing

When I got home and started culling the images, I noticed everything was still dark. Even shooting wide open and lowering my shutter speed still left my images underexposed. No big issues though. I was impressed with the dynamic range of the Sony when bringing back some of the exposure and brightening up the images.

What did I learn from this shoot

The indoor location at Legacy Hall was a good backup location for the shoot. Instead of canceling, it was nice to improvise and see what I could do on the fly. I am glad I had my Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 for the indoor shoot. There was not much space to take a step back and get shots. Also, with people everywhere, I wanted to isolate Madison in the frame and not have crowds in the background.

What would I do differently

I say this time and time again, but I wish I had a wider lens with me for this shoot. Maybe my Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4. Since I am a weird one and love getting portraits with my 35mm, it would have been nice to have on hand for this shoot. I also wish I would get more creative with my posing and direction of the model. We kept it pretty basic with the portraits, but I am very interested in trying new perspectives and angles.