Paris Portrait Shoot + Light Tips
Is there anything more nerve wracking than taking a portrait of another photographer?
Well I must admit I had butterflies in my tummy when I started the morning with beautiful photographer Millie Brown but she was so fabulous they soon flew away.
Millie too left her life some time ago and is now taking gorgeous travel pics and if you want to travel vicariously check out her stunning work here.
Millie once lived in Paris and like all photographers never actually got to be in the photos so we decided to take some pics of her in this glorious city. Starting at Cafe Marly one of her favourite places..
We ducked down to the divine Louvre and the sculpture section. Who wouldn’t be inspired by a backdrop like this?
Every photographer needs one quick pic of herself with a Leica!
Off to our favourite garden in Paris the Luxembourg garden, too chic for words.
And last stop a Parisian cafe. What could be better?
Millie is also the photographer of a beautiful range of cards with France and Italy as the stars. You can order them online here.
Some light tips on how I shot these pics.
Shot 1. At Cafe Marly there was lovely morning light in Paris that day and I used the big open portico like window light asking Millie to turn towards the opening for soft light on her face.
Shot 2. Seated at Cafe Marly I did a similar thing in the above shot but used the light coming through one of the main entrances.
Shot 3. There is a wonderful glass roof in the Richelieu section of the Louvre and I asked Millie to look up so there was a soft light illuminating her face.
Shot 4. It was little gloomier in this section but I asked Millie to face towards a wall where the sun was bouncing back and illuminating her face.
Shot 5. It can be gloomy around the Medicis Fountain but to take advantage of the soft light I made sure she was at beginning of the fountain where the most light was coming in but not hitting her directly.
Shot 6. Mixed light Ugghhh.. I messed around here and changed places three times till I found a place where she was almost in even light even though the background still had mixed light. The important thing for me was that Millie looked great..
Shot 7. This was shot through the window of the cafe even though there isn’t a lot of reflection. It was difficult to find a place where there wasn’t a van parked across her face and I made sure she was close to the window to have this lovely soft light.
Wasn’t she a star!
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Harriet Tubman
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