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.
Legacy West Portrait Shoot with Madison
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.
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.
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.
I hope you enjoyed this session. Consider checking out some other great gear from Sony.
Great Sony Full-Frame Cameras for Portrait Photography:
My Sony A7riii Mirrorless Camera – High resolution Sony Mirrorless Camera
The Sony A7rii – High resolution Sony Mirrorless Camera (2nd Generation)
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 Full-Frame Lenses for Portraits: (e-mount)
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
Wide Angle 16-35mm F2.8 – G-Master wide angle lens
The Sony 70-200 G-Master Lens f2.8 – Long range telephoto zoom
Great Sony Starter Cameras for Portraits: (crop-sensor)
Sony a6400 Mirrorless Camera – Amazing eye auto-focus detection
Sony a6300 Mirrorless Camera – Sony mirrorless camera (2nd generation)
The Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera – Great affordable interchangeable lens camera
Sony a6500 Mirrorless Camera w/IBIS – Amazing photography and video camera
Affordable Crop Sensor Lenses for Portraits: (e-mount)
Sigma 30mm f1.4 – Great for blurry backgrounds
Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS – Made for crop sensors and shallow depth of field
Sigma 16mm f1.4 – Amazing lens for Vloggers and video
Sony 35mm f1.8 – Super walk around lens for travel