How I got the shot | Fall Maternity

Name: Jessica Salazar

Business Name: Jessica LS Photography

Why did you take this photo? : This portrait was part of a maternity session this fall. Mom had wanted a portrait that included the fall colors, the love between her and her husband, and one that she would love to hang in her home. I chose this location based on the fall colors, the tall grasses, and rolling hills. Needless to say, mom LOVED the location!

Camera: Canon 6D

Lens: 50mm 1.8

All exif data: f 4.0, 1/320, ISO 1250 - Natural lighting

Why did you use these settings? : I really like to make sure my entire subject (people) are in full focus. Because I knew dad was on a slightly different plain from mom's face, I chose a slightly higher f-stop. The shutter speed was to make sure the leaves wouldn't be blurry from the slight breeze in the background. The ISO was set higher because is was only 1 hour before sunset and we were hidden inside a tree line.

Thought process behind the photo: I'm so used to including the entire body of my clients in the full frame, I wanted to try something different. I cropped the portrait just above their knees to make sure it didn't look like they had their legs cut off. Placing my subject in the lower right corner would make them the center of the portrait by using the rule of thirds. Getting closer to my subjects also allows me to capture their expression and she how much love these two have for each other and their new baby inside. Turns out this was my favorite from the session as well as theirs!

Editing of the photo:  Because the sun was going down fast, as it does during the fall hours, it was adding quite a bit more blue to the image. With mom wearing a white shirt, I knew I needed to fix that in post process. Once I adjusted the blues, I added a pop of color to the leaves, brightened the light around the couple, and added a light sky layout since the sky was blown out.

How I got the Shot - Fall Maternity

3 sentence bio about you/your business: Jessica Salazar with Jessica LS Photography captures newborns, children, and growing families in Woodbridge, VA. She captures portraits both in studio lighting as well as natural light in the beautiful outdoors. Her favorite portraits are captured outside during the golden hour. When she's not busy editing portraits for families she rounding up her own 3 kiddos and capturing their awesome personalities!

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