Yesterday I explained how the biggest challenge for this session was outdoing all of the other images I’d already taken of Lauren over the last several years. As it turned out this shoot was a great example of how favorite images often feel like children in that you love them all equally in different ways and for different reasons.
I think we succeeded in creating a set of authentic portraits that are both simply stated and stunning. This was actually a two part experience. I knew I wanted the rich warm summer light and given the moodiness of Mother Nature in the Seattle area I decided to plan half one day and half the other to improve my odds of getting the light I wanted. We started at Juanita Bay Park in Kirkland and wandered until the sun set. Well actually we shot for a good half hour after the sun set because Lauren wasn’t out of outfits or ideas and I was armed with a D700 and 50 1.4 which meant I didn’t need much light. The next evening was just as sunny and we met up at her barn for portraits in the tall grass with her horse and a sweet little visit with her dog at the end.