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Last Sunday evening Becky’s family and Akie and I finally were able to get together to swap portraits!  I was able to take some photos of Becky and her family (they’ll be coming soon!) and she was able to take a few of Akie and I together while I’m still pregnant.  We did my official maternity shoot a while back (while I was much, much smaller!!) but I did want a few of Akie and I together before the baby comes.  Hopefully it won’t be long now as my official due date is less than 2 weeks away.

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We are both so very excited about meeting our little girl sometime soon.:)

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Thank you so much, Becky, for taking these for us!!  I’m about to order a few now to put up in the nursery.:)

-Susie

Irina Yoder - April 16, 2015 - 4:21 pm

These are beautiful. I love the soft ones where you’re laughing. :) And those last two are gorgeous

This is the ninth and final post in our Photography for 4th Graders series, born from a seminar that Becky has taught twice to 4th graders at her kid’s elementary school. It’s perfect for anyone interested in learning how to create higher impact images by using composition and light more effectively. See below for links to additional lessons! 

Back Lighting vs. Front Lighting

Main Point: Where you place your subject in relation to the (main) light will make the BIGGEST impact on the success of your photo.  Think about it before each and every photograph you take.

Frontlight is when the main light is in front of your subject.

  1. A disadvantage to frontlighting is that your subjects will probably have to squint if they are looking right at the sun.
  2. Another disadvantage to frontlighting (with the midday sun) is that your subjects will probably have unflattering shadows on their face. See the tips on working with harsh light to find out how to deal with #1 and #2!
  3. Frontlight tends to intensify the saturation of a scene. When you frontlight a subject outdoors, you will get the same intensity of light on your subject and the sky, so you can get an intense, vibrant sky.

 

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4. Frontlighting with soft light (like very early in the morning or late in the afternoon) is beautiful. Your subjects will have a warm (yellowish-orangish) glow on their face.

 

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5. Frontlighting works well in a shady spot (like an open garage) where the light is indirect. Remember to bring your subject to the front of the shadow.

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Sidelight is when the light comes from… you guessed it, the side.

  1. An advantage to sidelighting is a lot of contrast, which shows the details of an object beautifully. This is a great choice for details or food. It works best if the light is soft. If you look at the cup, you can see all the light is coming from the left of the camera.

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2. Contrast is often NOT pretty on a face, so side-lighting only works on some faces. Generally, if you do sidelight, have the subject turn their body away from the light and their face toward it (making it more similar to front light. Again, it’s very flattering when the light is soft, especially for women and for older subjects.

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Backlight is when the main light is behind your subject.

  1. One advantage to to backlighting is often a beautiful rim or halo around your subject’s heads/hair.

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  1. Another advantage to proper backlighting is no unflattering shadows on your subject (because all the light is coming from behind, so your face is essentially in shadow). Look, it’s me! I don’t like pictures of myself, but backlighting helps:)

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  1. Backlight photos often produce a “hazy” look, especially early in the morning or later in the afternoon.  Some people like this look, some people don’t. I happen to love it.

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  1. Silhouettes are a special form of backlighting, when the light behind the subject is very strong. You might have to underexpose to achieve a silhouette, especially in the evening. I really never do a shoot without at least one silhouette. I just love experimenting with them.

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This CONCLUDES the Photography for 4th Graders Series!!!! I would love to do more posts to help y’all with your photography, so please feel free to leave questions in the comments!! I’ll be putting out a call for student work soon, so please stay tuned!! Thanks for following along! Check the links below for more lessons!:-)

I. Composition
Choosing what goes into a frame and where to put it. The idea with composition is to place a subject and background together in a way that tells one story!!
1. Rule of Thirds
2. Symmetry
3. Leading Lines
4. Natural Frames
5. Color and Clutter

II. Lighting
Learning to see and use natural light to create a mood and attract the eye.
6. Dynamic Range
7. Expose for the Subject
8. Hard Light vs. Soft Light
9. Backlight vs. Frontlight

 

Lauren & Josh wanted to have their engagement photos with the cherry blossoms.  They didn’t want to face the crowds at the Tidal Basin in DC and suggested the Lower Senate Park by the Capitol Building.  We were all a little concerned that we wouldn’t have blooms since it’s been so cold this year, and it seems like the blooms are later than a lot of years, but we got to the park and the trees were just gorgeous.  We were so excited things were starting to bloom and get green, and when we met Josh and Lauren they were, too!

Lauren & Josh are such a great couple together and it didn’t take Becky and I long to discover this.  They love to laugh and their laughter really did fill the session.  We had such a wonderful time with them and are so excited about their wedding this summer!

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So gorgeous!  So many of our couples want to do fall sessions with the leaves turning colors, but there is something so beautiful about photos in the Spring with flowers blooming, too.  Spring really is a wonderful time for engagement photos.

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These blossoms made such a lovely background for their session!  Spring is finally coming, and we couldn’t be more excited.:)

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I love this photo so much!

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Continuing the theme with their beautiful smiles…

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Such a beautiful engagement ring!

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After finishing up at the park, we headed over to Union Station for the last part of the engagement photos.  Unions Station has such great architecture and Josh & Lauren knew how to rock it there just as well as at the park with the cherry blossoms.

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Lauren & Josh – we were so thrilled to photograph you this week, and we know your wedding day is going to be amazing!

-Susie

Cindy Oates- Scholl - April 10, 2015 - 10:01 pm

Wow! Just beautiful!

Kathy Raabe - April 11, 2015 - 2:49 am

Beautiful happy couple congratulations

Nancy Dubensky - April 11, 2015 - 9:42 pm

These are stunning! I love them :-)

Sarah Toporoff - April 12, 2015 - 1:43 pm

Congrats you crazy kids.

Amber LaGamba - April 12, 2015 - 1:46 pm

LOVE! Absolutely gorgeous!

Layana Biglow - April 12, 2015 - 1:48 pm

I absolutely love these! Can’t wait for the wedding!!

Jessica Mailander - April 12, 2015 - 1:50 pm

So pretty, you guys look amazing!! :)

Corinne Acosta - April 12, 2015 - 1:59 pm

You look fabulous! Congrats!

Kathleen Cosentino - April 12, 2015 - 2:03 pm

These are beautiful !!

Kathleen Cosentino - April 12, 2015 - 2:03 pm

These are beautiful !!

Em Sackmann - April 12, 2015 - 2:03 pm

Those eyes! Classy couple. Best to you both!!

Em Sackmann - April 12, 2015 - 2:03 pm

Those eyes! Classy couple. Best to you both!!

Ellie Sywak - April 12, 2015 - 2:08 pm

True love: when you make noses squished together look cute even in professional photographs. Holy Moley these are gorgeous.

Abigail Stallworth - April 12, 2015 - 2:26 pm

Beautiful photos, such a nice tease for the wedding! :)

Molly Miranker - April 12, 2015 - 3:13 pm

Phenomental and full of love!!!!

Kathy Latham - April 12, 2015 - 4:55 pm

How gorgeous! Best of luck, Lauren and Josh!

Tara Mitchell Stewart - April 12, 2015 - 4:59 pm

These pictures captured the true essence of your love for each other. Love the photos, love you both!

Terry Bardagjy - April 12, 2015 - 5:29 pm

So pretty! Love the Cherry Blossoms :)

Lina Schneider - April 12, 2015 - 5:42 pm

Congrats Lauren! Great photos—I’m glad the cherry blossoms cooperated. Best wishes!!!!

Matthew L. Stewart - April 12, 2015 - 6:05 pm

Wait, you guys….this is almost too much for me to handle! These pics are amazing. Also, nice choice on the Senate Park haha.

Tommy Franklin - April 12, 2015 - 6:49 pm

Yay! Beautiful photos. :)

Meghan Kate - April 12, 2015 - 10:13 pm

They look beautiful!

Terri Cosentino - April 12, 2015 - 10:26 pm

such beautiful pictures!

Katelyn Bordini - April 12, 2015 - 10:35 pm

Such beautiful photos to compliment such a wonderful couple! ❤️

Trever Sheets - April 12, 2015 - 11:37 pm

Two amazing locations that created equally amazing photographs.

Michelle Jacobs - April 12, 2015 - 11:48 pm

Gorgeous photos ♥️♥️♥️

Nate Gremba - April 13, 2015 - 12:04 am

Beautiful flowers. I guess the people are okay too ;)

Stephanie Miksa - April 13, 2015 - 12:23 am

You guys so are cute!!! Georgous photos!

Katrina Q Viloria - April 13, 2015 - 1:20 am

Beautiful pictures of two beautiful people!

Julie Juice Cosentino - April 13, 2015 - 1:33 am

Beautiful!!

Christina Bordini - April 13, 2015 - 2:32 am

What a good lookin’ couple! Gorgeous photo shoot!!

Anna Washabaugh - April 13, 2015 - 8:22 am

Incredible photos you two!! Love the cherry blossoms and the people!

Shāna Longo - April 13, 2015 - 2:19 pm

amazing photos and great location choices!

Tara Jakubik - April 13, 2015 - 2:33 pm

beautiful !

David Brisson - April 13, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Love it! Perfect time of the year for these!

Molly Greenberg - April 13, 2015 - 6:54 pm

So beautiful, Lauren!

Natalie Omundson - April 13, 2015 - 7:54 pm

lovely lovely photos. So happy for you Lauren!

Laura Puls - April 13, 2015 - 11:50 pm

Lauren, your eyes are stunning! And Josh, I dig the vest! Great series of photos :)

Amanda Becker - April 14, 2015 - 12:34 pm

These are so beautiful!

Michael Triebwasser - April 15, 2015 - 3:34 pm

You guys look amazing! Great photos!

Jamie Soose - April 15, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Beautiful!

Jenna Brace - April 15, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Awesome pictures! You both look great

Jenny Mailander - April 15, 2015 - 3:41 pm

These pictures are beautiful! Congrats!

Zach O'Connor - April 15, 2015 - 3:45 pm

Beautiful photos of two beautiful people! SO LOVELY!!!!!!

Athena Ducockis - April 15, 2015 - 3:46 pm

YAS! Love these wonderful people! May the drag goddesses shine upon you. Opa!!! :-)

Karin Mistelski-Finley - April 15, 2015 - 4:03 pm

Beautiful pics….CONGRATULATIONS

Kenya Brown - April 15, 2015 - 4:12 pm

Love these! Congrats!

Diana SupremeOverlord Hutter - April 15, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Rock on, happy people! Great pics.

Kelly Pittner - April 15, 2015 - 4:31 pm

What a perfect formula – happy couple, beautiful blossoms and gifted photographer! Truly captured the joy of starting a life together. :)

Bridget Geier Ray - April 15, 2015 - 6:29 pm

Beautiful photos!

Sarah Parnass - April 15, 2015 - 6:45 pm

These are incredible!

Misty Mazurek - April 16, 2015 - 1:11 am

Beautiful beautiful beautiful pictures

Marnie Eckert - April 16, 2015 - 4:31 am

Fantastic photos of a fantastic couple! (While I haven’t had the chance to meet Lauren, I know that any gal that Josh would choose for his bride would have to be pretty darn amazing!) ;) Wishing you both all the best during this exciting time in your lives – the photos captured your emotion beautifully, and no doubt you will treasure the memories for years to come! Well done, Susie & Becky! Can’t wait to see the wedding photos when the time comes!

Josie Dimon - April 16, 2015 - 9:40 pm

Beautiful picturs! Congrats to the both of you.

Cara Krepp - April 17, 2015 - 8:26 pm

these are absolutely stunning ! cannot wait for the wedding!