What do you get when you combine a passionate Italian woman with a down-home country boy from Mississippi?
Answer: A gourmet-cooking, ballet-dancing man’s man who loves fishing, hunting, building things and hiking out to remote areas to camp.
Answer: One of my favorite people in the world.
Being the romantic he is, my boyfriend took me to Botanica: The Wichita Gardens recently to see all the tulips and flowering trees in bloom. What a treat! Of course, I took along my camera (A Canon T3i Rebel, for you techie gurus) hoping to snap some new spring photos of some pretty flowers – and my man.
The trick was taking authentic, candid-style photos of someone who dislikes having his photo taken or posing for pictures. I think I succeeded pretty well. Wouldn’t you agree?
Let’s be real. He can only be the sexy, serious Italian model for so long before the goofball starts to come out. lol
I was fighting with the light most of the time, since we went in the afternoon. It was a typical Kansas spring day, so the clouds kept going back and forth across the sun.
Photography tip: If you’re shooting in bright sunlight during the afternoon, set up the shot and then take the actual portrait during the brief snatches when the sunlight is diffused by clouds covering the sun. This will prevent harsh shadows on the face and produce a more even and natural skin tone. Reflectors are also helpful.
Another tip: Look for the “catch-lights” in the eyes. These highlights are created when the subject is looking into a light source (above, looking toward the cloud-covered sun behind me) and produce that sparkle that brings portraits to life. Be careful the light source isn’t too bright, though. Then you’ll just get squinty eyes!
I saved the best for last.
Photography by Katie Morford (Karis Waters). All rights reserved.
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