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tashawhipp Feb 25

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I took this photo at my clients home in Hixson, Tennessee. They wanted a comfortable, laid back session that included their first babies; their dogs.
A favorite image of mine, as any dog lover would agree! This session took place midday at about 3PM. I always try to shoot later in the day to avoid harsh lighting, but with it being indoors, the time of day didn't hold too much weight on this session due to the usage of natural light shining through the windows
With any and all home sessions that I photograph, I like the shots to be light and airy. When shooting an indoor portrait session, I more often than not will use all and only natural light. As you can see from this image, the light was peering through the window on the left side, and I balanced it with another window that was located in the opposite side of the room.
This image was shot with a Canon 5D Mark II using a 50mm lens
This photo was posed, but because the pup was behaving and looking so studious, it offered the perfect maternity shot for this session. My clients love their pets, and I wanted to make sure that I highlighted them in various images, and this was one of them.
Oh yes! After each session I will unload memory cards and cull through the images narrowing it down to 30-50 shots. From there I will import the original files into lightroom and retouch every culled image accordingly. I never give images to my clients that are untouched or original. They pay for my art and style of photography so I strive for perfection on every photo that they receive.
In my camera bag
My go to camera is my Canon 5D Mark II along with my 85mm f/1.8 lens. Packed alongside those are two other camera bodies; a Canon 1D Mark III and a Canon Rebel T3 (my first camera body ever). I also have a 50mm f/1.4 lens, a promaster 70-300mm lens, and a Opteka Achromatic 10x macro attachment (perfect for ring shots). I don't use off camera flash often, unless I am photographing a large event, dark venue, or a wedding, but when I do I am using a Yongnuo 560EX with accompaning triggers and receivers. For light stands, I use Neewer equipment.
My best advice is to be aware of composition and lighting; balancing lighting on both sides of your subject is always something to be cautious of - depending on what you are photographing (black and white images tend to have more flexibility). For this image I used the 'rule of thirds' method, keeping my subjects more on the right side of the frame.

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