The other night, I had a very fun shoot on the Utah Salt Flats with Nicole. It was windy and stormy which makes it all the more difficult photographically, but it’s also why I love it. I love the creative and technical challenges of storms, plus wind and rain are exciting to be out in, and I love the dramatic skies storms give me in my backgrounds when I utilize all my specialty lighting techniques. Add to that a great model like Nicole who was a great sport with all the howling wind in her hair, and we’ve got some spectacular images.
To give you an idea of our gorgeous night, here’s a long panorama showing the variety of colors we had. To the west (left side of the photo) we had deep warm colors, while to the north (right side of the photo) we had cool blues. And we have even more variety turning even further left or right.
Using the setting sun as my main light, I started out shooting for a deep blue background and warm foreground. Nicole was a joy to photograph and a complete natural. I loved her clothes, her natural expressions, and how she moved, and we got a ton of wonderful images. I really love these with that long, straight horizon in the distance too.
Then turning another direction, we used the sun setting in the storm clouds as our background.
And for a quick moment we even had this beautiful rainbow.
As the sun dropped lower, the background got deeper and more vivid, and the wind got stronger.
We had to work fast as the sun was going, but I love the variety of colors, and looks we got.
We did a clothing change for some visual color pop against the deepening blues of twilight.
I really love the wind in her hair in these.
With the sun completely gone, it was too dark to see through my camera or even focus. So we ended with this fun image of the wind just howling, and some directional lighting to really make her cheekbones and profile pop.
Lighting is always the key, and lighting is my specialty. I’m one of the most award winning and highest ranked Master Photographers in Utah. I know lighting and I know how to light you to make you look great, regardless of time of day or storms. If you need some great photos, give me a call, 801-728-3317. This warmer weather won’t last much longer and it’s a great time to get in and get something wonderful.
And until next time, America.