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This was another of my Breastfeeding Project shoots, the idea was to have a beautiful outdoor location with mother & child glowing with the sunset. I had an ideal ‘look’ for the project, I wanted movement in hair with a breeze and therefore had in my head that long, wavy hair would be perfect for that wild, free and natural look.

Gemma (model mother) got in touch and volunteered for the project, she is a local photographer to me and as I was new to the area and keen to meet my colleagues I jumped at the opportunity to work with her.

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How did you compose your image?

the image was initially taken as a central crop and then cropped to thirds in post. My subjects cross both the lower third and the right hand third lines.

How and what did you focus on?

It is sometimes hard to focus during this time of day, especially when shooting with a diffusion filter, however because it was early on in golden hour it allowed a sharper image than later on in the shoot would have.

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How did you use the light in your image?

I adore shooting directly into the sun but wanted that softer light and beautiful sunset, so golden hour was the obvious choice for time of day/lighting. I backlit my subjects for added interest and for an added softness/cinematic feel.

What was the gear & settings you used?

Some clear plastic around the lens to give a soft view into the image.

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Camera

Canon 5D Mark III

Lens

Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4

Filter

Cinebloom 20%

Other

None

Shutter Speed

1/1600

Aperture

f/f/3.2

ISO

800

White Balance

Auto

How did you edit your image & what did you use?

I cropped the image, applied the preset and profile, corrected the white balance (which warmed the image up correctly for that lovely sunset) to auto and added a gradient brush of light coming from where the sun is located on the right of the sky which gave some fill light and a lovely gradient across the whole image.

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What challenges did you face?

Because it wasn’t technically part of the shoot, just a quick, cute moment caught the sky was brighter than I would usually have liked.

How did you solve them?

To let go of the need for perfection!

Can you share any last thoughts or advice?

Watch your clients for the little in-between moments of a shoot. There are so often little gems of interactions that occur that are so easily missed so keep your camera ready for them!

Laura Parkin

Shooting since

2012

Current Home

Devon, UK

Website

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Photography is a truly beautiful art form, and I strive to capture not just moments, but the emotions and connections between my subjects in those moments and to treat every shoot as a blank canvas to bring to life with it’s own story. My focus is to capture love- every kind of love, between mothers and babies, couples, siblings, friends… Love is the centrepiece to all of my stories that unfold.

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