Exploring Portrait Photography: My 1st Photoshoot

Photography has been my central passion and creative outlet for about 6 years now, but in all that time, portrait photography was not a part of what I did.

It's not to say I wasn't interested in it, but I guess in a way, I was intimidated by it.

As a somewhat low-key introvert, I wondered if I could build the right connection with a model. I wondered if I had enough technical skills to capture people in the right light or create the right mood, and I worried that my ideas were too grandiose for my bank account.

But deep down, I longed to create stunning images that focused on a person rather than an object, building, or plant. I wanted to use props and create fantastical worlds that draw people in and whisk them away, but my overanalytical mind made me put it off.

Just recently, though, I decided to really start exploring portrait photography and stop waiting. Besides, I'd been needing a challenge creatively, so I thought, "What better time than now?

My first photoshoot happened just this week in the mountains, and my first model was actually my husband 😁So there was no problem connecting or being comfortable (that would be weird if it was 😂).

Fortunately, convincing him to step in front of my lens was easy. He's a musician and wanted some sweet ass images to use for some album artwork anyway, so it was a win-win.

The best part was that he gave me complete creative freedom to do my thing, which made it easy to get into my picture takin' groove.

I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do at first, but I knew I wanted to do something in nature. Other than that, my mind was running wild with props to bring and ways to style him, but in the end, I kept it simple.

I picked out some funky fresh clothes from his wardrobe, grabbed my camera, and headed for the mountains, with my husband, of course 😆.

I didn't use any lighting equipment, just my camera's built-in flash, and a purple gel lens filter. Up until that point, I had only used a filter like twice, but I wanted to go all out with the experimentation.

The purple lens gave each image a beautiful warmth that complemented the red rocks surrounding us.

A RAW photo with the purple gel filter.

When it came to checking them out in Lightroom, I knew I wanted to do my usual thing and add some pops of color, but I didn't know what exactly I was going for.

I tried out a few presets I had saved but nothing felt right, so in my true artistic fashion, I started messing around with all the settings.

Next thing I know, I landed on these purplish cool tones that looked badass. But I didn't want to lose the warmth that my filter gave me so I balanced it out by using some local color corrections in Lightroom CC.

And I have to say, I'm in love with the end result! I actually exceeded my own expectations. Needless to say, it gave me a big confidence boost when it comes to taking portraits.

Here are my favorites:

There will definitely be a lot more artistic portraits to come, but I do need models!

If you're looking for a portrait photographer in Denver please shoot me a message 😁 I would love to collaborate on some creative portrait sessions with you!

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