Kim and Mary – Portrait Session – Outdoor Sun

For the longest time, I’ve always thought of Sacramento as boring, stuffy, and old-smelling. I envisioned that people who live there talk about the Senate, House, and the “State of State.” Sacramento’nians, to me, are all politics and no fun. But after meeting and hanging out with the adorable, super fun, and semi-crazy Mary and Kim, Sacramento doesn’t seem all the bad anymore.

It was the fall of last year when we decided to do a “Sun Kiss” photoshoot inspired by the photography of John Agcaoili. Both of the ladies came over to the house right before the sunset, and I started debriefing them about the shoot. We chose to shoot during “Golden Hour” because I love the diffuse warm light the sun provides during that time.  I’ve been scouting for locations to shoot this concept for weeks now, and we actually ended up near my house in a deserted horse ranch. It was a relatively fast and very efficient shoot because I’ve worked with Mary and Kim before, so I barely had to direct them, and we transitioned from one shot to the next seamlessly.

The shoot went so fast that we actually had enough energy to do a completely different shoot when we got home. I was going for the whole Terry Richardson (NSFW) look where the background is about 2 stops hotter, and the model is about 1 stop overexposed. Using only 1 ring flash as my light source, I put both Mary and Kim in this small white box meant to be a “computer” area in one of the rooms. It worked like a charm. The light bounce around everywhere, giving me a nice even background, and much of the details were kept intact.

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