Tips for shooting when the sun is high:
+still keep the subject positioned in a way that allows the sun to be behind, or to the side of their face
+however, you can also shoot with the subject’s face towards the sun for a fun play on shadows… just remember to lower your ISO if shooting on digital, or adjust your shutter speed accordingly if shooting film
+When the sun is high, the sky in your images will appear more blue than white (this happens when the sun is low). That’s ok! Just because it might look a little different than your images if you often shoot during golden hour, doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing! I think the awareness and acceptance that different lighting situations produce different colors and tones in the photograph allows us to be excited and open to the prospect, instead of caught off guard and seeing it as something being “wrong.”
Another natural issue you may encounter is moisture. If it’s pouring down rain, I would recommend shooting inside. This isn’t the end of good photos! Just keep by the biggest brightest window in the home and shoot with your settings adjusted accordingly. One of my favorite sessions, see image above, was done while the sky poured out rain outside. We stayed near the second story window, and the results were wonderful.
+Move inside and shoot near the biggest, brightest window – the one that isn’t covered by foliage
+use the water to your advantage!
Tips for using wind to your advantage:
+position the subject so that the wind is blowing hair out of their faces, not into it
+Use a light fabric like a silk scarf or muslin to create an intentional obstruction to the scene… bonus, kids love this too!
+Play with the movement of mom’s dress in the wind… this really creates a nostalgic and emotive scene because it gives the photograph life!
Hope these tips encourage you to create beautiful images no matter what the circumstances may be! To learn more about how I shoot, how to grow your business, and how to find your unique and wonderful voice and perspective, you can take my ONLINE COURSE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS.