“Just Casually Walking Through The Snow…” For Instagram

I love how so many photoshoots are born from the thought “wouldn’t this look cute on Instagram?!” I’m not gonna lie. It’s just the honest truth. If the comment “I’m going to caption this with…” doesn’t happen during a photoshoot (from either the photographer or the model), is it really even a photoshoot?!

It’s January. It’s winter. And my social accounts https://www.instagram.com/tgcphoto/ and https://www.facebook.com/TGCBranson/ definitely are lacking in snow pictures. Because we haven’t had any yet this season (hello, I ran in a t-shirt and no jacket yesterday)…so when it snowed for 4.6 seconds today there wasn’t even an option. It was time to updated the ‘gram.

I love putting together shoots with Catherine (WITH A C!), our minds are always on the same page for pictures and her creative mind and artistic eye means we have ideas coming from everywhere! She didn’t even bat an eye at hanging out in the 27* cold with blowing snow and trapping through a creek.

Cat captioned these pictures (below) as soon as she saw the back-of-camera image. That makes a photographer heart happy!!

“In a world cold and grey, her should bloomed anyway” ~ Stacey Martin
Casually walking through the woods…in the snow…for the Instagram picture…

Of course I’m being slightly sarcastic, but I’m also being 100% honest. Shooting with Instagram in mind isn’t a bad thing, and honestly, I have brainstormed a lot of shoots with people for the ‘gram, and loved every single one of them! Here’s to you, Instagram content shooters! Let me know, because I’d be happy to help you out!

“When snow falls, nature listens”

My feelings about Instagram filters…that’s another story.

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!