Harsh Light Is Your Friend / by Alexandria Whitefeather

 

Every once in a while I'll plan a creative shoot just for the heck of it.
Here are 3 reasons why I do (and why you should too!)

1. To try new things 

2. To stay inspired.

3. To learn something new

Something I was wanting to work with on this particular shoot was harsh light, since it's not what I normally shoot in. A lot of my portrait work is shot in that "perfect", golden light. The stuff you find at the beginning and end of each day. The pretty stuff. The stuff portrait dreams are made of! But lately I've been testing myself with the not-so-perfect light. The harsh, direct, and (gasp!) mid-day light. To be honest with you that light scared me for a long time. I avoided it at all costs, and when I had to face it I would make it look like what I was use to, using scrims and diffusers and what not.

But to change my thinking I told myself "You got this, girl. You got this. Harsh light is your friend." 

And so it was.

So here it is... a shoot all about uneven light, weird shadows, and moody "imperfect" portrait conditions. And of course some seriously gorgeous faces.  

© Alexandria Whitefeather
© Alexandria Whitefeather
© Alexandria Whitefeather
©Alexandria Whitefeather
© Alexandria Whitefeather
© Alexandria Whitefeather
© Alexandria Whitefeather
© Alexandria Whitefeather
© Alexandria Whitefeather
© Alexandria Whitefeather
© Alexandria Whitefeather
© Alexandria Whitefeather
© Alexandria Whitefeather
© Alexandria Whitefeather
© Alexandria Whitefeather
© Alexandria Whitefeather

So whether you are a photographer, artist, writer, musician, or something in-between. Go create something for the FUN of it and end the year feeling inspired.  

Big thanks to my beautiful models, Taylor and Allison! And my wonderful assistant Whitney! You girls are the best!

p.s. This will be my last post of the year! I'm taking the rest of the month to enjoy some quality time with my family and I'll be back in January! Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! xo