I always love blog carousel time – I never know what the rest of the ladies are going to post about until after I have followed through the carousel to all the blogs (although we do agree on a theme, but with so many creative types involved, everyone generally has their own take on it). This month we decided to do a round of informational posts for our carousel. I hope you will enjoy learning about photography, things to consider when hiring a photographer, ideas you can use for your images, etc. I decided to talk about light – different types of light that photographers use (or choose not to use) for their clients and personal photographic style.
I personally use both natural light and studio light. I love the variety that I can achieve with having both options, and quite frankly, living in Southern Ontario means there is a good part of the year that outdoor portraits are somewhat impractical (<—-UNDERSTATEMENT right there haha!). Outdoor natural light sessions have a very different feel than a studio portrait. One is not better or worse than the other – they each have their benefits and challenges.
In this first example, the one of these was lit by studio lighting, one by window lighting. The studio is a perfect option for simple newborns, if the family is not interested in having their session done in the home (which happens often). But on location in the home can also yield simple and lovely portraits by window light. I like both! (do you know which it is – photographers…no cheating cause you probably know! LOL)
Similarly, studio light and window light (okay this one is alittle easier to tell which is which…but I still love both looks!)
Outdoor natural light allows for a TON of variety in a portrait session – locations, type of lighting, space and movement, etc. For some types of sessions, in particular children, you can move about, rather than staying within a smaller area.
But fun can happen in studio as well! Just because the space is smaller, doesn’t mean it has to be static or posed (although there is also a place for that style as well)
Indoor natural light…simple and sweet.
And for seniors and adults, the same thing applies – studio, indoor natural light and outdoor can all yield lovely results, very suited to the subject and style of portrait.
So a few considerations you need to make when choosing a photographer to create portraits for you when it comes to light:
1. style – different light can absolutely be used to create a specific look and style. Neither is better, just different, and you would choose the photographer based on the work they create and the type of session you need. Don’t discount a particular lighting type simply because it is perceived as less valuable. Often studio lighting is regarded as traditional or static or too posed, but the reality, that is more about the style of the photographer than the light they use.
2. time of year – because I live in a four season climate, I have opted to utilize both types of lighting in my work in order to offer services year round. Other photographers may choose differently. But if it is winter, your options are limited for outdoor lighting, so either in your home or in the studio are your best options then. Or waiting until spring or summer. Of course, if you have a baby in the cold depths of an Ontario winter (as I did…twice!) you probably will not opt for waiting so studio is a great option, especially if your home is not as suited to a portrait session because it looks “VERY lived in” (thats a nice way of saying our place is alittle messy most of the time LOL)
3. temperament - for children’s sessions, you may just KNOW that your little one will not be happy to sit and interact with a photographer in a limited space. Fair enough, I have definitely had that experience a few times! But just because we are in a limited space in the studio doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun!
Next up in the carousel is Melody Hood, a very talented photographer (I am always in awe of her environmental portraits! they are simply stunning). Click HERE to check out her post in this months blog carousel.