There was a stretch of days in June—and now in July—when we had some steamy, hot weather, and Abby’s photoshoot was no exception. Typically we like using the sun, but when the temps reach 95 degrees, you just about want to die if you’re without shade. With that said, I must add that even with the heat and humidity of central PA, creating the most intolerable conditions, they typically produce the best sunsets with the deepest blend of colors. It’s almost like God rewards us in the end for baring through it, but I’m sure there’s also some science behind it, too!
At any rate, Abby’s sun loving photoshoot did not disappoint in the sunshine department—that’s for sure! And the sun wasn’t the only thing that shined. Abby’s inner and outer beauty just radiates to those around her. She’s just one of those people who makes you feel right at home with her calming presence, kind heart, and quirky sense of humor. But then she turns around and gives you these smoldering looks through the camera like her eyes could just burn right through you! I’m usually pretty vocal while I’m clicking the shutter—so much so that Joel says that I cause quite a commotion at times. But I’ve must of said, “Dang, girl!” about a hundred times during this shoot. You’ll soon see why (if you’re not already there yet!).
Now given that you’re working with bright sun, in order to not completely blow out your background, leaving your photo devoid of it’s color, you need to balance out that sunshine with something powerful. A reflector is great, but it will blind your subject. You need a strong off camera light like a monolight. So for those of you who may have interest or do photography, you underexposure your subject and then blast that light, leaving both the subject and background balanced. Of course, there are exceptions if you’re creating a piece that has an artistic spin to it. I, too, occasionally break the “photographic rules.” But with Joel as our light technician, he often reminds me to stick to getting the best light that you possibly can in camera. It saves a TON of time of editing and correcting afterwards.
Okay, enough of my chit chat and on to the photos! But before your scroll, a very special thanks and mention is in order. 🙂
Model: Abby Guerriero
Makeup & Hair: Codi from Beauty and the Blush, Instagram – @beautyand_theblush website – www.beautyandtheblushllc.com
Wardrobe: This gorgeous sage green dress is from lulus.com. The hat is a large beach hat that I’ve kept in my stash, but I purchased a scarf from shein.com to tie around it. The seashell necklace and other jewelry are also from shein.com.
Location: Bald Eagle State Park, PA
Photographer: Andrea Knepper
Lighting & Post Production: Joel Knepper