When It’s 65* In January

Ozark weather is weird. We often experience all 4 seasons in 1 day. Sunshine, rain, tornados and a snowstorm all in 1 week. And the weathermen are usually wrong. And sometimes, when it’s a beautiful weekend in January…you have no choice but to take advantage of the sunshine, the sunset and the lake and go shooting! (With willing models like Emily, of course!)

The off season may be my favorite because I get to shoot solely for the fun of it. I get to let my creative spirit be a little adventurous; and I don’t feel the pressure of an arranged session. If not ONE picture turns out how I planned…that’s ok! And it makes it even sweeter when some of my ideas turn out even better than I planned!

I’ve always been a natural light photographer…and one of my goals for 2019 is to better my on/off camera speedlight skills and combine natural ambient light with flash lighting, especially when shooting outdoors. Stepping away from ETTL (auto) flash mode and controlling the light vs letting it control me!

All three of these images (above) use on camera flash…all resulting in different feeling images due to different combinations of lighting!

One of my favorite magical powers of adding flash to ambient lighting is the power to capture vibrant sunset images…even when it’s almost totally dark outside!

Sunset images WITHOUT flash provide their own magic as well

If we’re voting…I’d gladly welcome a few more 65* days before winter is over!