With the spring season slowly coming into effect, is nearly impossible to avoid all the possibilities to venture outside and enjoy all the many qualities of light, color; and texture.
Taking portraits in ambient light and exciting locations was something I've attempted to do long before the winter was over. So I was excited to set a portrait shoot in a greenhouse, which proved to be a fun challenge because it made me work a little extra and pay more attention to composition. The second shoot I did took place in downtown New Haven, CT, and although spacing wasn't much of an issue, shooting portraits in hard direct sunlight was as also challenging because I had to keep on check the effects sunlight was making on the subject.
So, since spacing at the greenhouse was very limited, I chose to shoot from several feet away and also used some of the plants and cactuses to frame Corey. When I set out to take portraits of Ely, I made sure that she was with her back to the sun or under complete cast shadow. In some of the later shots toward the end end of the shoot, I even used a portable reflector to filter the light.
One thing I continue realizing is that no matter what, I will always find a hurdle or two when attempting to create something. So being aware of any technical challenges is already a step in the right direction to help me get interesting results. Although inspiration in the creative process is beautiful, I would also say that anticipation is quite as crucial.