Achieving the Sun Flare

Bellevue, WA 2014 Senior

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Felicia says:

“This was my defining session, where I decided that Senior Portraits were my “thing”. When you meet that perfect client, and have the most magical session of your life (so far), you better pay attention and make changes to your life and business to keep that good thing going.”

Felicia’s Photography Tip:

The back lighting in these images was the defining factor in my client choosing me as her Senior Portrait Photographer.

She loved the “glowy” feel, as she said, in some of my other work – a “glowy” feeling that before this session I would have described as a happy accident. Now, I know how to purposefully achieve this effect and get consistent results.

The only vital piece of equipment you need is a reflector. I love my 40″ 5-in-1 Westcott reflector, and for this shoot I used the silver side to get more contrast and highlights in the image (since back lighting your subject takes away from your details).

Here’s the fun part- you’re going to shoot right at the sun. The trick to not blinding yourself is to keep your eyes low in your viewfinder, and then adjust your camera until you can see your subject.

The more sun you keep in your view, the more of a glow you will get. For best results, take a few shots of the same pose, slightly adjusting each time to let in less sun.

Once you find what works for you, you’ll be able to power through the rest of your session.

The amazing thing about back lighting is that it can be done for any style of session, at any location, so long as you can find the sun.

Shooting during the Golden Hour will give you the same warm glow that these images have, whereas back lighting earlier in the day will give you more of a clean, white haze in your images.

In either case, the only adjustment I make in post is to increase the contrast levels to put a little more details back into the image in case I let in too much light in a certain spot. From there, edit to your personal taste!

This Senior wanted a Floral Crown, so of course I made that happen.
It's amazing what $8 in a Thrift Shop can get you!
Basking in the first sunny evening light of March.

Felicia used a Canon 6D with a Canon 85mm 1.8 lens to capture these images.

Felicia Sinclair is a Seattle, WA Senior Portraits photographer.

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