How I got the shot | Senior Style

Name: KC England

Business Name: KC England Photography 

Why did you take this photo?: This was taken during a senior session and a location I used often during the summer because I love the way the light falls in this alley. My senior was incredibly photogenic and knew how to work the camera which is a definite plus for me as the photographer.

Camera: Nikon D750

Lens: 85mm 1.4

All exif data: f 2.0, 1/800, ISO 400, Natural light sources

Why did you use these settings?: I started with f/2.0 because I wanted a shallow depth of field and shooting wide open works for me especially with just one subject. In hindsight, I probably could have lowered my ISO and SS due to the amount of light that was available. The cement around her acted like a natural reflector.

Thought process behind the photo: This image was taken at 6:46pm on August 15, 2015. Sunset was at 8:01pm on this date, so it was definitely getting close to golden hour time. I positioned my senior is this alley with her back to the light, but the sun was still a little high and above her left shoulder. I used part of the cement wall on the left to shield some of the sun, while the cement wall on the right acted like a reflector. This particular location is very simple and really comes alive when the light is right and I love the way it frames my subject.

Editing of the photo: I strive to get images right in camera first so that most of my editing is pretty minimal. I started by applying the All in One Clean Edit preset from Pretty Presets Workflow to the image. Then, I brought the exposure up a bit and the highlights down.

High School Senior girl in white dress standing in alley in beautiful backlight

3 sentence bio about you/your business: KC England is a natural light photographer based in Spokane, WA. KC photographs families, seniors, births, and weddings and strives to capture light and connection in a beautiful and meaningful way. She lives with her husband, 3 girls (twins, age 15 and a 4 year old) and 2 crazy cats. She loves holidays, traditions, movie nights, home decorating, and Target. She also loves to travel, but being at home is her most favorite place on earth.

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