Becoming a Portrait Photographer

The best part about starting my ongoing acting classes at the beginning of this month, is all of the amazing people I’ve met and friends I’ve made. A great life hack for making friends after moving somewhere new is definitely getting involved in acting, even if it’s just community theater. (Los Angeles might be an exception to this, but I’ll let you know.)

One person, in particular that I’ve been spending a lot of time with is Meagan (Instagram: @AdventureWithMaae). Thankfully, (as if you hadn’t already guessed) she’s the kind of person who is down for adventure, so when I suggested we get up at 5am for a photoshoot, she enthusiastically agreed.

I’ve grown into loving getting up early, and getting up to do a photoshoot is even better. You avoid morning traffic and you’re up at the perfect time to get golden-hour pictures.

Not only is she gorgeous but she also takes direction well, so it made it extremely easy to direct her poses so we could get the perfect shot. And her green eyes made the photos extra fun to edit because they’re such a powerful focus-point. I also maintain that actors are more expressive than the average person. Exhibit A:

This is only the second photoshoot I’ve done with a specific subject so while I’m extremely happy with how these turned out, I’m sure there’s still plenty of room for growth.

I was able to create a preset for this photoshoot that gave the photos what I like to call a “musk” in the background shrubbery and an overall golden hue. I did have to be careful to make sure it didn’t make Meagan appear too orange and finding that balance for each individual photo did prove to be a little challenging. When compared to the original photo some edits can look a little too on the orange side but when alone it looks much more natural.

This can also be a problem when I’ve stared at the same photo for too long. I’ll often need to take a brief break and then come back to it with fresher eyes.

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