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  • Elizabeth

Love In An Enchanted Forest

Friday night's session was magical. I've recently been struggling with my self portraits on my Nikon because every time I use the self timer to take photos, they never end up in focus and it just makes me so frustrated. Because of that, I typically use a Sony for pictures that I'm in just because it's easier on me. However, once I converted from shooting in JPEG to RAW, I knew I had to find a way to make my Nikon work with me (because there is no way I'm ever shooting without RAW again!)

I knew that there had to be a way for me to work around this focusing issue, so I started doing some research. I'm in a new *inspirational* photography group on Facebook where it's encouraged to share tips & tricks and ask for advice, and I ended up finding someone with the same problem.

The solution was easy: a remote. I found a cheap Nikon brand remote on Amazon and let me just tell you how life changing it was . . .

My boyfriend (David) and I take mini portrait sessions pretty often, but we've never had one this fast and simple. This session only took about ten minutes and that included setting up everything in camera. This was also the first session I shot in manual mode while also modeling, which made me a little nervous at first.

It was too hot out to really get different camera angles since we were really just testing out my new favorite piece of equipment, but I am absolutely obsessed with the images from this session. It's so much fun to be able to model while also being able to take and produce the image in your mind and make it real. It's one of the things I love most about sessions like this.

And a HUGE shoutout to David, too. I know that not everyone's boyfriend would willingly pose and model just because their girlfriend asked them too, and he is such a big blessing to me in more ways than one. And look at how absolutely beautiful his backyard is at sunset! UGH my heart!

It was so much fun and I can't wait to continue experimenting with this. I think it definitely helps me appreciate being able to move around my actual clients and get really unique and interesting perspectives to capture them. At the same time, this is such a challenge and sometimes I need that just to keep my job fun :) And just as a bonus, here's one of the first shots we got while testing out how to work the remote with David's dog Shilah. Isn't she cute??

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