Hannah Godwin in Black

This was my second shoot with Hannah some time ago when I lived in Huntsville, Alabama. I’ve moved to Miami and now to Atlanta since then and let me tell you, I miss paying $350 rent. Location comes with the price, though.

These photos were taken in my garage at the time. If you’ve never shot in a nearly clear garage you’re missing out on excellent lighting. I may be partial since I love diffused, soft light. You’ll rarely ever see a photo I’ve taken in the bright outdoors. It’s just one of those things I was told to practice with when I began photography and it just stuck some seven years later.

Another big factor with me shooting in soft light are the lenses I’ve decided to use. I currently have a Voigtlander Nokton 50mm 1.1 and Voigtlander 35mm 1.4. They’re “cheap” compared to their competitors but comes with a price. My photos are never clean and crisp. The focus is extremely soft and, when pointed at something lit bright by the sun, it just looks ugly. I don’t know any other word to describe it.

I can boil down my photographic style in three words: I was broke. I went to school full-time while having a part-time job. I bought cheap lenses and only shot in natural light because I couldn’t afford studio lighting. But, honestly, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Check back here later on in the week. I will have my presets up for sale again as well as an ebook I wrote on portrait photography for beginners!

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