I’ve noticed one of the hardest things about organizing a shoot is finding a good location to shoot in. Here is a list of some of my favorite portrait locations to shoot at. Click the link to see the full image set!
I haven’t been active in the past few months because I have had a TON of life change. I graduated high school, moved to DC and have started college. I am now able to shoot in both Houston and the DMV area. I will shoot in Houston only for the months of December and January upon special request. The rest of the year I will be located in the DMV area.
I’ve posted some 2 portfolios of the work I’ve done in the past year if you guys want to go check those out.
Thank you for sticking by in my moments of absence but I will be uploading more regularly as I familiarize myself with my new area.
Make sure you’re following me on Instagram @goodallphotos and following the blog so you can stay up to date.
I shot these images over a month ago and I’m still as in love with them as I was when I shot them. The complimentary colors of the sunset are my favorite part of the entire shoot. I hope you enjoy this set of images!
The film versions of this photoshoot will be coming soon
I was recently inspired by the breathtaking image taken by Sorelle Amore in her latest video and I had the idea to do a full shoot with an angelic or innocent quality in mind. To accomplish this, I styled my model in all white with bold makeup and made the background and surrounding area completely white and airy as well. I also edited them all to have a very light and contrasty feel to them to add both the innocent and light quality but preserving a fine art quality to each image. Here is the full set of dreamy portraits!
Golden Hour, it is seen as the epitome of lighting perfection in every photographic community. Many photographers refuse to shoot at any other time of the day other than golden hour because it is so sacred. Golden hour is the hour or so before the sun goes down where the lighting is absolute perfection from almost any angle. I often shoot at golden hour because I love the tones it gives my images but for this shoot, I tried to really focus on the warm tones of my image. Here is the full set of golden hour images.
Stay tuned next week will feature my full set of studio portrait images & a tutorial on how to create a color scheme in your images. If you or your friends want to shoot with me contact me or check out my booking and pricing info!
Taking photos through windows can be tricky for a photographer no matter your skill set. It’s hard to both focus your camera correctly and still get a cool reflection on the model. After a couple 100 images worth of failed attempts, I mastered how to shoot through a window.
My first mistake came when I decided to have my lens autofocus on the model. My lens naturally focused on the reflection behind me instead of what was in front of it. I learned quickly that it was essential to manually focus to achieve a sharply focused image.
Next, I found that it is nearly impossible to get a clear image if the wall behind the window is textured at all. I quickly discovered that the textured, brick wall behind me was ruining my photos and I had to change my positioning to get a clear view. Some of the photos turned out okay but the intense wall texture was too much for many of the images and became distracting as shown in the picture below.
I also quickly discovered that my shadow might be seen at certain angles so make sure you check and double check that your shadow isn’t distracting from the main subject, sometimes you need to use your shadow to block the sun but in other situations, you’re going to want to avoid that. In the picture below I should’ve used my shadow to allow for less bright sunlight on the model’s face.
Make sure to direct your model clearly because often times the window is thick and your voice becomes muffled to your model.
I recently did a photoshoot just like this one but I wanted to try it again with different models and different outfits, here are my resulting images. Again I do these weird location photoshoots to show you that no matter where you live or what your surrounding location is you can still have amazing photos.
Camera: Canon 7D Mark ii
Lens: Canon 24-70mm 2.8 – mostly shot on 30-35mm setting
Click here to check out my first laundromat photoshoot!
I loved shooting in this super cute coffee shop that had an awesome vintage vibe to it. There was so much natural light that caused my models to radiate and look absolutely stunning in all of these images. I found the warm and cozy feel of the cafe made the models feel more comfortable than shooting in a more hectic location. I completely recommend going to your nearest coffee shop and shooting around, especially local shops because coffee chains can be a little more strict with you shooting in there. I hope you enjoy these images! I’ll be posting a tutorial later this week with tips on how to successfully shoot through windows.
Camera: Canon 7d Mark ii
Lens: 50mm 1.4 and 24-70mm
Location: Plum Coffee (If you’re ever in the greater Houston area I highly recommend this place they have excellent customer service, a really cute vibe, and amazing coffee)
This summer I’ve decided to create a bucket list of photo shoots to improve my portfolio. I wanted a post that could be easily accessible and contain each of my photo shoots in one place from this entire summer. Here is my Summer 2018 portfolio. Leave a comment down below saying which photoshoot was your favorite from this summer.
Recently there has been a trend circulating the internet called the “Ugly Location Challenge.” It began earlier this year and seemed to spark notice in many widespread YouTubers, from Niki and Gabi to Aspyn Ovard to Jessica Kobeissi, internet stars took advantage of this trend and encouraged their followers to do the same. The Ugly Location Challenge is taking portraits of a model in an area that would be seen as undesirable to most. For example, some locations often used are Michaels, Lowes, Mcdonalds, Laundromats and grocery stores. I decided to follow the trend and do my own Ugly Location Challenge at a laundromat near my home.
I decided to shoot with my 35mm lens to have more of the background in focus and to really draw more attention to the washers and dryers in the back. I was lucky enough to not get kicked out but I would recommend asking the owner before you begin shooting to ensure that it is allowed and you’re not disrupting their business. I would also recommend going early on a weekday to make sure there is not a lot of people and to have better lighting for your images.
Here is my attempt at the ugly location challenge. I hope this inspires other photographers to realize that location is not everything. Good photographs are not dependent on the location in which you are shooting, good photographs come from natural skill, excellent composition and ability to edit in post. I encourage everyone to not feel limited by where they live or where they are shooting, grab your camera and go take some portraits your location is not everything.
I edited these images with a more retro and faded style than I normally would, using Lightroom to create a vintage look in these images.