Illuminated Retreat: Day 2

The second day of the retreat we were up at dawn to photograph our first styled shoot: a young boy in the theme of Where the Wild Things Are. This theme works because the little boy wasn’t expected to be anything other than who he is, there was no posing, just him being a kid. Jennifer put a lot of effort into the styling, she had a boat that was fit just the little boy; his outfit was not simply a onsie found online, it was made just for him; she even found an ornate bed that fit the mood of the shoot. So although we were all tired, the images we got from this early morning session were worth it.

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After the session I might have even gotten this lovely picture of Jennifer loving on the pictures she took:


The next session was a young baby and I have to confess that the nature of the shoot and the lenses I brought did not get the images I wanted. But I learned a good deal about photographing at noon and how to harness the sun to get the images you want. Below are two images from photographing the adorable baby.

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At 3pm we got to work with three little girls, who were adorable. We broke off into groups to capture the girls, and they were adorable subjects. Here are a few of my favorites from capturing them:

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The end of the day brought some amazing pictures. I am in love with dawn and sunset pictures, it is a love affair that has been going on for a few years now. There is just something about how the light hugs the people I photograph. The 4th and final session on the second day was a mom and two daughters. I got some good group pictures and individuals of the girls.

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At the end of the day, we all crashed at the house were staying at, ate delicious food and bonded. It was a great time connecting with these ladies. We had a full day learning with Jennifer and four sessions, it was a lot to take in, but the images and knowledge were worth feeling exhausted.

The final day is coming soon–with more gorgeous pictures!



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