Friday, September 22, 2017

Sunflower Fields Forever

"In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality". - Alfred Stieglitz





Disclaimer: I'm not a professional photographer (this might be obvious). I'm also...not a model. I'm not saying that because I think I am, I've actually had people over the last few days ask if I'm getting into modeling. Lastly, I do not have a professional photographer follow me around. That was my favorite question :).

So how do I take my photos? Does someone take them for me? Do I use a professional camera?

These are the questions I've been getting almost daily. So I thought I'd make it a blog post, and also show you the photos I took yesterday at the sunflower field/farm in Jarrettsville. The secret's out- on both where this is AND how I take photos!

Before I continue, this is the best weekend for these photos I've been told- it's called "Clear Meadow Farm". Here's the address: 3769 Norrisville Rd, Jarrettsville, MD 21084. It's just $5 to get in and enjoy the flowers!


My fabulous dress is from one of my favorite local fashion trucks: ShopGOGO's. 
Stacey is my girl! She picked this out for me, she has such an eye for style. 
Check her out here: ShopGOGO's


First of all, to be honest, when I first started my mom was taking the photos. It was hard with someone watching and I'm so picky that I started to feel bad. I saw that someone I was friends with in high school managed to take her own photos somehow so I just sent a message and asked! She said she used a tripod and a bluetooth remote so I looked into it.

I searched a bit on Amazon and game up with a tripod that came with a remote, for $18. To this day, best $18 I've ever spent. It moves up and down for whichever type of photo you are taking, if you are sitting, standing, etc.. I find this very helpful! You can get it here: Tripod with Bluetooth Remote

Tripod:


Remote:



I'm sure I'll also get this question so the "camera" is my iphone 7. And yes, I cannot wait for the iphone X. It looks absolutely amazing.


A few tips that have helped me personally:

  • The best time of days for photos are morning and dusk hours. Not too bright where it washes you out or is overbearing, but just the right amount of light to either give awesome sunset photos, or clear photos. 
  • Also, cloudy overcast days are your friends. The main photo for the blog in the shorts and purple/blue Lucky Brand blouse were taken on very overcast days. I LOVED that lighting!
  • I researched photo posing to get a few ideas on how to stand and where to put my hands- that was the hardest part!
  • Most always my photos are edited in some capacity, usually brightened and enhanced color. I do this with either the app facetune or just in instagram or the iphone camera app as well. 
  • I take all photos in "square" mode. This helps my face not get cut off in my insta grid. 
  • Moving around while taking photos helps the poses appear more natural. So I'll walk or I'll move to different positions so I don't appear "stiff" or "posed". 

I hope this is helpful! Let me know your tips for photo taking as well. I'd be very interested!

Happy Fri-YAY! Have a great weekend. 

-SBR











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