I celebrated New Year's at our friends the Smiths' house
and was excited to photograph their
beautiful daughters and nieces.
When I shared the portraits with others
they lamented that they didn't have a studio
with professional lights to take nice photos.
The truth is...I prefer natural light and
my favorite place to shoot portraits is
at the entrance to a garage
Yep, all the photos in this blog post
were taken in this make-shift "studio"
at the edge of the Smith's garage!
I haul around a sheet of foam board I
covered in white paper and a stretch of fluffy
white fabric to lay on the ground.
You can hang a white sheet as a background
or use a white wall.
Not very glamorous by the garage
wearing my hubby's jacket...BUT...
The portraits ARE glamorous!
I like using the white background
so I can add my own colors, bokeh,
or texture backgrounds later in
I also like shooting on a wheeled seat
so I can move about freely and
quickly adjust clothing and props
without ruining my knees.
Oh, did I mention it was January 1st
and just 28-degrees outside?
My hands were FREEZING!
But, was WORTH IT:
The natural lighting right at the edge of the garage
is flawless...no harsh shadows on the face
or behind the models.
You gotta love redheads in leopard print!
I bought the jacket at a thrift store for $3.
That's where I buy ALL my props and portrait
Many of my favorite portraits
are taken this way.
So even if you don't have a professional studio,
you can still create some professional portraits
in a GARAGE!!!
I'm hooking this up with
because there are lots of other photo
ideas over there.