As you may have guessed, I’ve been studying lighting for photography. Backlighting, haze, natural light, etc. The other day I wanted to experiment with “dramatic lighting”. I wanted some great black and white images and thought dramatic lighting would be a good place to start :)
I took Emma into the middle room, opened the curtains to our big window, and turned off all of the lights. From there I was able to expose for her face next to the window where the sun shone which created a heavily underexposed background… perfect for black and white photos :)
I used my trusty 50mm 1.8 lens (it’s my favorite for portraits). Prepare yourself for some super close ups!
She wasn’t really sad, but she’s a good little model giving me a serious face :)
Looking so melancholy for her mama. I know it’s a little distracting, but I love the reflection of the window light on the couch.
This is my favorite of the bunch! I sat on the back of the couch so I could shoot from up above.
Towards the end I let her show her true feelings :)
Then I was able to snag this one of Henry as he walked by. It was fortuitous that he turned to face the light at just the right time! I think he was upset because one of his brothers had a toy he wanted.
Not to be ignored, Spencer and Jack begged to be included in the picture taking :) You can see Henry watching Lucy while she practices piano in the background :)
I’m glad I have so many models to choose from… because they are not always this cooperative :)