This photo is a portrait of a young model named Priana, and was shot in my studio.
I really like to express myself through photography. There is something about having a camera in your hand, and having complete creative control; almost like a painter with a paintbrush. With almost any creative outlet, as you learn and hone your craft, you come to realize that there are tools in the toolbox, that can be used for various effects.
This is how I think about light, when it comes to photography.
Early on in my photography journal, I didn’t understand that. Although more experienced photographers encouraged me to embrace light, and use it in my photography, for the longest time, I stayed a ‘natural light-only’ photographer, and only wouldn’t photograph outdoors, in ideal lighting situations.
Over time, however, I have forced myself out of my comfort zone, time and time again. And every time I’ve pushed by boundaries, I’ve grown as a photographer; I’ve picked up a new skill, a new tool that can go into my toolbox, tucked away just for the right occasion, when a client may one day need exactly that.
How empowering it is to try new things, and know that on the other side of fear, you’ll experience growth.
And that is what this photo represents to me: my journey with light. That’s why I titled it: “Come into the Light with Me.”
The predominant lighting techniques used here is backlighting, which casts young Priana in partial silhouette. Although oftentimes you want a ‘perfect exposure,’ I was intentionally going for a ‘swallowed by light’ looking; something a little hazy-yet-contrasty.
I was incredibly pleased by the result, and so was this child’s mother.