A few weeks ago i posted a STELLAR bridal image from Lauren and Scotts wedding day (a favorite bridal portrait of mine to begin with) and its been my most liked image on instagram! To my surprise I received a lot of comments and DMs asking what type of OCF I used to create the image, if you view the image below it does look as if ive used a softbox to create it but its completely natural light! Let me take you through this portrait…

As a photographer I have learned that the first and best thing to do is FIND THE LIGHT. Dont look at where the location is or what your image construction will be, find the good light and all else will follow. In this case there was one window with nothing disctracting outside, So Kimmie and I cleared away a bunch of stuff and stuck this cute chair in front of it all of the detail shots for this wedding were done right here.¬† Once I turned Lauren towards me all of the gorgeous light coming from the window hit the back of her head and left her face, I needed to create a light JUST as delicate as the light coming from that window¬† and I needed to do it in about 3 minutes. I do love my Canon 600’s but they would have taken too much time to set up and I didnt want to bust out a softbox for this quick portrait so I turned to my handy-dandy reflector! Photogs if you arent using your reflector more let this image show you why you should let that baby flex its little muscles! So to the right you will see my set up, my reflector (bottom left) is gold side up throwing the most delicate light ever right into Laurens face, while warming up the entire image. Win Win Win! ( Office reference) So Step 1 is to find the best light, (regardless of where the best light is) Step 2 Clear away anything from the best light that will cause distraction Step 3 Modify the light if needed (in this case a reflector) and Step 4…shoot!

 

My Settings for this image: 1/200 F2.8 with a 24-70 ISO 200