My first full year as a photographer happened to be 2020. And, because of the pandemic, most of my portrait sessions were held outdoors. But, honestly, even though studio lighting is reliable and indoor temperatures more comfortable, shooting outdoors allowed me to be creative, use the elements, find great locations, and work with the light the sun offered. All of these things made me a better photographer. And, since I had the privilege of photographing some amazing people, I’ve chosen my top ten outdoor portraits of 2020 to share with you!
The hat. That jumper. And, the “S” shape pose she naturally fell into! Need I say more?
The wall. That partial “model” smile. And, that delicate flower print that contrasted nicely against her skin tone and her hair.
The third shirt he put on during his session. That dark chocolaty wall behind him paired with the purplish-pink colors of his shirt. And, the natural light that was streaming in under this covered area make this one a winner for me.
The dark blue ends of her hair. That beautiful make-up she did herself. And, one of the only photos where I was bold enough to use something to create foreground, and it worked!
The unlikely location outside of the Leander Utility Building! That white jacket paired with the white of her hair. And, her signature aqua jewelry that brought all of it together to create a fabulous portrait.
The sassy, sexy attitude she brought. That shoulder technique I learned from photographer Sue Bryce (https://suebryce.com/). And, my first attempt at a glamour portrait session.
The tallest young man I’ve photographed to date! That galvanized looking stair case we just happened to find. And, just the right “I was just sitting here and then someone took my picture” attitude he conveyed.
The happy accident that occurred because her outfit matched the stair railing. That long, luxurious hair. And, the fact that she was just a being herself.
*Check out more great senior photo examples in my blog post, Senior Photo Session.*
The sun was setting. That pink sweater with her dark hair. And, the sun shining through a sparse little bush that gave me this beautiful golden background.
The model looks she gave right from the beginning–even though I wasn’t cueing her. That beautiful location in the front of a subdivision. And, not only was the sun setting behind her, but there was also a slight breeze working in our favor like a fan in the studio!
To have so many beautiful people willing to let me photograph them was truly a blessing. These individuals in my top ten outdoor portraits of 2020, among others, made my first full year as a portrait photographer an amazing experience. I hope to have a top ten list to share with you every year. But, I’m grateful to start with this one. Farewell, 2020! Welcome, 2021!