Thursday, July 5, 2012

Guest Blog {Alexandra from A.W. Photography!}

Happy Day After 4th of July, everyone! Hope you're all nursing those hangovers with a day off, just like me! I'm totally sunburned from a day of lake lounging with Amanda, Chelsea & Adrienne. We had SO much fun! Aided by a few Bud Light Platinums, of course. Have you guys ever tried those before? They're basically just like regular Bud Lights, but with a higher alcohol content... As if 'Merica's classic beer could get any better. It was the perfect way to spend the 4th- laying out, swimming, boat rides, BL 'Nums & amazing friends. Today, I'm going to leave you guys in the capable hands of Alexandra for some amazing photography tips! Enjoy!! xoxo

Hello! My name is Alexandra, and I run a little photography blog where I share my work, everyday musings, and lots of photos of my Border Collie, Bonny. Carmen was so kind as to ask me to write up a few photography tips to share, and even though I've never done this before, I'm giving you guys my best shot ;)

Today, we're going to learn about shooting with natural light! First lesson: Natural light is amazing and it should become your new best friend. And the best part: Everyone has access to it. Unless you're in prison or living underground, in which case you probably have much bigger problems to tackle before finding good photography lighting. So, to get started: I've taken some of my own photos and put them together to make visual examples. I am very much a visual learner, and so I'm sure some of you are as well. This first little grouping is of three portraits, all taken at different times in the afternoon. The farthest left was taken in the very early afternoon. The middle, was taken a couple hours before sunset. And, the last image, was taken right in the sun's last moments for the day. As you can see, the tones and brightness can vary pretty drastically.
[I'd also like to note that these were all taken on clear days; cloudy day picture taking is a whole other topic!]

Next, is your positioning for taking the photo. It's very important to consider if you want your subject facing the sun or facing away from it. If you have your subject's back facing the sun, you'll get some of those glowy halos you see in the above images. If you face towards the sun, your subject's face will be much more highlighted. Be warned - having your model facing the sun may very well cause some watery eyes!

Now, you may be asking, what if the weather outside is less than pleasant? Answer: Shoot indoors! It is very possible to shoot indoors with natural light; the key is windows! Both of the below photos were taken indoors, with the subject sitting parallel to an open window. This creates a beautiful, soft, light that is flattering and subtle.

 I hope these pointers have given you a nudge toward a nearby camera, and I hope you get out there and try it! Feel free come say hello at my blog, and let me know how they worked :)


  1. awesome pointers! i love the look of the sunset behind the model!


  2. Thanks for the tips. You have lovely photos.


  3. Thanks for the tips. Your photos are beautiful, by the way!

  4. Awesome tips, totally GORGEOUS photography.

  5. oh my goodness I love learning new photgraphy tricks! great guest post! <3


  6. Awesome! Great tips.

    Christen :>

  7. Photo shooting in the natural light means you can make your picture more beauty because sunlight has the power to make your pictures more attractive for others. I really love these pictures.

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