Behind the Scenes

We see amazing images and we’re left wondering…How is that lit? What were their settings? I WISH I COULD SEE BEHIND THE SCENES OF THAT IMAGE! Wish granted! We’ll be doing a regular blog feature of behind the scenes of YOUR fabulous images that you submit on our social media pages. Enjoy the work of these talented ladies…

Kimberly Walla

Kimberly Walla
Lens: 35mm
Aperture: f/11
Shutter: 1/3200
ISO: 320
I meter off of the sky when taking silhouette images. I prefer to have my subject on a hill while I am on the downslope shooting up towards them which eliminates any distractions.


Brooke Lamont
Camera: Canon 5d markII
Lens: Canon 24-70mm f/2.8
Aperture: f/5
Shutter: 1/100
Focal length: 70 mm
ISO: 1000
When families want a lifestyle shoot, I go to their home to shoot. Sometimes this can pose a problem because I’m not familiar with their home and some homes don’t have very much natural light. I would much rather use natural light for a session, especially when photographing newborns. I want the light to be soft. For this specific shoot, they didn’t have very many places with great light. This is when I find WINDOWS!! This handsome little guy is lying on a table right next to the window, and so I found some great moments with beautiful light. My post processing was a black and white action, and using some gaussian blur to soften up things a tiny bit.


Kala Rath Photography
Camera: 5DMKIII
Lens: Sigma Art 35mm
Time of Day: 10:40 am
Aperture: 2.2
Shutter Speed: 1/400
ISO: 160
White Balance: Kelvin
Post Processing Software: Lightroom and Photoshop CC
Post Processing: Started my processing with Tribe Archipelago presets, adjusted the temperature a little, brought the exposure and highlights down and straightened my horizon. I then opened in Photoshop and cloned out the speaker on the wall and made a couple of other minor adjustments.

When walking into a client’s home, the first thing I do is observe all the rooms that are suitable for the session (most of the time it is the bedroom and living room for every single session, nursery if there is a newborn or baby, and sometimes the kitchen). When observing the rooms, I am looking for light and angles. I love to shoot close the windows, especially if I can side light them (like I have done in this image) but if that option is not available (due to space generally) then I will usually backlight my subject and completely blow the highlights so that you can’t see through the window – unless there is something pretty in the window like trees, a skyline or any other pretty views.

I then look for things on the walls, shelves, etc that might be distracting in the image and decide if that is an easy adjustment that I can just clone or crop out or would it be best to move the item. Don’t be afraid to ask your client if you can move things – even pictures on the wall. It’s much better to be happy with the images you took by eliminating clutter than to be unhappy with them and/or spend countless hours in the post processing step to eliminate photos on the wall or a lamp that just doesn’t fit or whatever you see. In this particular session, you would never know that with the images on the bed, there is a large lamp and some night stand decor behind the pillows 😉



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