Matthews, NC: Fall Photography Session Lookbook

Have you ever found yourself at a loss when selecting your outfit for a photography session? Below are some seasonally-inspired looks + tips to help inform your wardrobe decisions for your portrait session this season!

 

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Autumn in the Carolinas is usually pretty warm until mid-November -long after the picturesque foliage has disappeared! Short-sleeved shift dresses like this one are a comfortable + flattering choice for fall portrait sessions in Charlotte.

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Matthews, NC Portrait Photography

This terracotta orange is one of my shades this season. I think the bow detail on the sleeve is charming! Because the dress is patterned, I kept my jewelry very minimal.

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Choosing a patterned clothing that will photograph well can be a little tricky. Keep this in mind if you are considering a patterned piece for your portrait session -simplicity is key! Pick patterned items with only 2-3 colors involved, including the background.

 

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A romper can be a fantastic choice for both outdoor and lifestyle photography sessions! Stylish yet practical, rompers lend the wearer both comfort and freedom of movement.

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Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

I adore the simple owl print that adorns this burgundy statement romper. I accented this playful piece with gold jewelry + a plain black belt.

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The most popular color of the summer was marigold -a shade that can be easily transitioned into fall! I love the touchable details + flattering cut of this blouse.

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This outfit is visually interesting due to the variety of textures + richly-hued fabrics involved. Layering solid pieces is a foolproof strategy when choosing your look for your portrait session!

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Boots are my absolute favorite photography session footwear, both as photographer + subject! No matter where the session takes us, our boot-clad feet are safe + comfortable.

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Please don’t hesitate to ask me outfit questions before your session. I am happy to help!

-Elizabeth A.

 

Have you heard about my fall minis? Scroll down to the previous post for all the details!

 

To see my Summer Photography Session Lookbook, click here:

https://elizabethaimages.com/2018/06/15/charlotte-nc-summer-session-lookbook/

Photography 101: Natural Portrait Lighting

The quality of the images you take, whether it be on your DSLR, point-and-shoot camera, or cell phone, is largely determined by the quality of the available light. Failure to  account for ambient light can result in lackluster + mediocre photography. If you take a  moment to learn about the three types of ambient light, you can step up your photography game, no matter what it is you like to photograph!

 

diffused light

When sunlight is softened by an environmental feature such as clouds or foliage, diffused lighting is created. In the portraits below, the 9 am sunlight was diffused through dense trees. This type of lighting is considered universally flattering!

When photographing with diffused light, it is important to have your subject face the light to avoid unflattering shadows. When shooting in diffused light, it can be helpful to use a reflector to fill in shadows on your subject’s face.

Seeking out diffused light is especially important if you are shooting with a cell phone camera or a point-and-shoot. As sensor capabilities are much lower in these cameras; choosing this type of lighting will result in clear, low-grain images.

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Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

 

back light

This lighting situation occurs when the portrait subject is placed in front of the light source. Shooting with a backlit subject is a personal favorite of mine! I love how the ethereal rim light rendered by golden hour backlighting beautifully outlines my portrait subject.

Artifacts appear such as lens flare often appear in backlit photography when the photographer is using a DSLR. Lens artifacts can be used to add interest + emphasis to portraits. In fact, some photographers place faux lens flare in their images with Photoshop!

The images below include lens artifacts that occurred naturally with my Canon 50mm 1.4 lens.

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Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

 

direct light

Direct light occurs when the subject faces the light source. This type of lighting situation is difficult as it often results in harsh, deep shadows and blown-out highlights. Photographers working in this condition must be conscious of subject’s position in relation to the light source + adjust their subject for the desired affect.

Direct light is favored by fashion photographers -you may note this the next time you flip through Vogue! Though direct light can be tricky, a skilled + intentional photographer can use the severe light to his/her advantage to create dramatic portraits.

While I don’t have a lot of experience in direct light portraiture, I tested my skills during Emily’s portrait session. I like how the two below turned out!

Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

One last thing …turn of that flash!

All photography captured with my Canon 5D III DSLR, Canon 50mm 1.4 lens, and Canon 85 mm lens.

-Elizabeth A.

Matthews, NC: Emily’s Summer Portrait Session

On a gloriously clear June morning, Emily + I set out on a Matthews, NC greenway for a styled portrait session.

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styled session: conceptual photography shoot with curated wardrobe, makeup, hair, + props

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Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

 

The concept for this styled portrait session is “sun goddess.”

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Matthews NC Portrait Photographer

Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

 

I took the opportunity to play with my new lens (Canon 50mm 1.4) while we had some quality backlighting to work with!

Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

 

A maxi dress is a great choice for a portrait photography session -it easily adds movement + drama!

Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

 

A wide-brimmed sunhat both adds texture + a natural frame around Emily’s face.

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Matthews, NC Photographer Portrait Photographer

 

All photography made with my Canon 5d iii DSLR, Canon 85 mm lens + Canon 50 mm 1.4 lens.

Matthews, NC Photographer Portrait Photographer

Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

 

What do you think -did we nail the concept?

-Elizabeth A.

p.s. For a portrait session of your own, click “contact” on the upper right and send me a message!

Matthews, NC: Summer Photography Session Lookbook

Have you ever found yourself at a loss when selecting your outfit for a photography session? Below are some seasonally-inspired looks to help inform your wardrobe decisions for summer portraits!

 

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Your portrait session is about you, so don’t be afraid to dress casually if you’re a jeans + tee sort of gal! For this outfit, I paired my favorite rose tee with neutral olive green shorts.

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To make my rose tee + olive shorts more interesting, I threw on a matching large-print floral kimono. This easy layer elevates my casual ensemble from basic to notable! I selected comfy Vans + simple jewelry to complete the look.

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An A-line dress is a great choice for a portrait session. The shape is figure-flattering + the full skirt provides visual interest with every movement! The textured overlay adds one more pleasing component.

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I styled this outfit with ballet-inspired black flats, a slim belt, and simple silver jewelry. I chose accessories with curved + tied shapes -braided belt, bow necklace, ankle-ribboned slippers- for continuity.

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Rompers are squarely on-trend for summer, so why not wear one to your portrait session?

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This lily-printed evergreen romper feels like a feminine sundress with its wrap-style bodice + butterfly sleeves. To accent this piece, I donned matching caramel open-toed booties + braided belt. A set of hand-made tassel earrings is the only jewelry I wore.

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All photography shot by me with my Canon 40D paired with my Tamron 24-70mm lens with the help of my remote shutter release.

– Elizabeth A.

p.s. If you have fashion-related questions about your upcoming photography session, let me know! I am happy to provide outfit advice to my clients.

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Charlotte, NC: Lovebirds Mini Sessions

For the month of June, I am offering mini portrait sessions exclusively for couples!

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Celebrate your love + document this season of your lives together.

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details:

30-minute outdoor session

15 finished images

$99

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Lovebirds mini photography session pricing valid 6/1/2018 – 6/29/2018.

To book your portrait session, go to “contact” and send me a message

OR

e-mail me at elizabethaimages@yahoo.com!

 

– Elizabeth A.

Matthews, NC: Will’s Portrait Session

On a crisp spring evening, my brother agreed to a mini portrait photography session during a recent visit home from college.

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Will, a freshman at Liberty University, is studying to become a computer engineer.

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Matthews NC Portrait Photography Charlotte NC Photographer

Matthews NC Portrait Photography Charlotte NC Photographer

Matthews NC Portrait Photography Charlotte NC Photographer

To book a portrait session of your own, click “contact” in the upper right corner and send me a message.

– Elizabeth A.

All photography captured with my Canon 5d iii camera paired with my Canon 85mm lens.

Matthews, NC: Beth + Don’s Portrait Session

On a balmy May evening, I met Beth + Don at a local park in Matthews, NC for their lovebirds photography session.

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Matthews NC Charlotte NC Photography Portrait Photographer

The happy couple barely needed encouragement from me; they grinned + joked merrily as I photographed them

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Matthews NC Charlotte NC Photography Portrait Photographer

Matthews NC Charlotte NC Photography Portrait Photographer

As they smiled and posed, the two discussed their upcoming anniversary plans. In two weeks, Beth + Don will have been married for 37 years!

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Beth + Don lead full lives, sharing their hearts with nine children and six grandchildren.

Matthews NC Charlotte NC Photography Portrait Photographer

Matthews NC Charlotte NC Photography Portrait Photographer

Capturing sweet moments between best friends like these is one of the best things about being a photographer!

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To book a lovebirds portrait session of your own, click “contact” in the upper right corner and send me a message!

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– Elizabeth A.

Portraits created with my Canon 5d III and my Tamron 24-70mm lens.

Matthews, NC: Twenty-six

Today I am twenty-six years old.

For many years, I have felt as if I were constantly reaching for change, never satisfied with my environment. Something about my station could always be improved with an adjustment, whether it be different education, career, or relationship. I recall feeling defeated often as many shifts were merely horizontal, failing to provide lasting fulfillment.

During my 25th year, I finally accepted that regardless of the job I worked, I would always rather be creating art with my camera. I’ve worked as a retail sales floor rep, a barista, and a dental assistant; however, none of these roles are as personally rewarding as being a photographer! I realized that to live whole-heartedly, I needed to withdraw from my sensible healthcare job and pursue photography -a prospect simultaneously thrilling and intimidating.

I truly feel that I am finally living my ideal life. I am blessed with a wonderful spouse who is the most supportive partner I can imagine. I have the opportunity invest a large portion of my energy in photography, for which I am grateful! For the first time in my life, the desire for change is notably absent from my mind.

My aim is that in my 26th year I continue to develop my photography skills, improving in both technique and experience. Vincent Van Gogh said, “As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.” Therefore I will pursue progress, one step at a time!

-Liz K.

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Charlotte, NC: Spring Mini Sessions

 

My Charlotte, NC spring mini photography sessions are open!

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For $85, you get a 25 minute outdoor family photo session and 15 finished digital images.

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Photography sessions will be conducted in the Charlotte, NC area.

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Offer valid now through May 13. Book now to reserve your spot!

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– Elizabeth A.