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Em’s Graduation Shoot

Posted in Friends, Portraits by matt on Saturday, December 22, 2012

A photo of our friend, Em, in Parki Daik in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Our friend, Em, asked Cayla and I to celebrate her liberation from high school with a little photo shoot. We hit up our city’s prettiest park right around golden hour and took a bunch of shots, and it ended up being so much fun that I thought I’d share it with you.

I consider this my first actual portrait gig because Em’s family paid us with several bowls of outstanding homemade chicken noodle soup (and, of course, their great company). It was a really nice time—especially since they’re about to leave for a 6-month period of travel.

A photo of our friend, Em, in Mother's Park in Iraqi Kurdistan.           em.graduation.tree
I had planned to use my little flash/softbox set up for a lot of it, but the light was so beautifully warm that I just had Cayla hold a homemade reflector and bounce sunlight into her face for almost all of the shots.

I also deliberately tried different amounts of light in each shot; some are more contrast-y, others more warm and blown-out. It was fun having someone as sweet, patient, and photogenic as Em because it allowed me to experiment. I big thank you to my sweet wife, as well—she had all kinds of good ideas for posing and placement in the park.

The photos weren’t anything spectacular, but considering all we used was a camera, card board, and tin foil, I’m really pleased with the outcome!

A photo of our friend, Em, in Parki Daik in Iraqi Kurdistan.           A photo of our friend, Em, in Parki Daik in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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