This was such a great impromptu portrait session! I was excited to do it, and now I’m even more excited to share it! In the past, I’ve taken portraits of my friend Genna to test out new techniques and equipment, while exploring beautiful landscapes. This time, instead of going to a place with an abundance of natural splendor, I decided to take on the challenge of taking portraits in tighter spaces, where I might have to cut out or work to avoid distractions in the background.

Can you tell that we’re in a tiny area between a house and a road, in the middle of a yard that’s full of kids’ toys? Can you tell that I even took some of these with a wiggly baby in one arm? Or that for some of these, we were about 3 yards from a Con-Ed crew that was digging up the lawn?

I also took the opportunity to experiment with some different editing styles. My usual style, as far as color-correction, is vibrant, true-to-life colors. You may notice a lot of photographers these days using a “desaturated” or “moody” style that slightly skews the colors of a photo to be more of a muted tone, and sometimes a bit of a golden hue is added as well. So I figured, why not try out some of that in these portraits? View more of this session in my Flickr portfolio!