I love light, there is something special about light and the different qualities/sources of light. The fun part about light is how different it can be. There are many "rules" us photographers follow when it comes to light, such as shooting in open shade or at sunset. However rules are only made so we can break them, right? I completely agree photographing at sunset or in open shade creates the best, even, "glowy", gorgeous light, however sometimes harsh mid-day sunlight sometimes creates that "mood" or look you are going for like in the image below.
However, I am a HUGE lover of the "safe" shot, the beautiful soft light in the shade or evening light.
I also LOVE back-lighting, as you can see it gives her a gorgeous glow around her hair. LOVELY and almost slightly magical. This also works best in the morning or evening when the sun is lower in the sky.
You can take back-lighting to an even more extreme by making a silhouette.
Sometimes the natural light provided just does not create the "mood" I would like or does not take a great picture, in that case I use artificial lighting, typically in the form of off camera flashes. I do love and much prefer using natural light when I can, because it is my style. However, I also feel it is important to know how to use artificial lighting so I can nail a shot, such as the one below in almost any environment.
I just simply love light and the many different forms it can take interests me. I enjoy studying light and learning how different forms of light flatters different people or situations or different looks.
So, if you come to a photo-session with me, what kind of lighting can you expect? For a high school senior, engagement or family session, I will typically schedule the shoot to take place about 2 hours before sunset. This allows for gorgeous, soft outdoor natural lighting with many different options which varies some from day to day some, depending on if it is cloudy, sunny or middle of summer or fall. However, despite the variances, it is the most consistently beautiful light. If you choose to book a session mid-day, I will try to find an area with open shade and we may also play around with some more dramatic lighting after we nail our must have shots.
That is my philosophy in photography. To ensure everyone gets both great images and some creative unique work that shows off their personality, I like to spend 1/2-3/4 of the session nailing the must have great shots and then branch out into some more creative shots/looks.
Ahh, I suppose I should stop rambling about here. I just love photography and could go on and on!
Have a great day!