The good light, the really hauntingly beautiful light, often only lasts a few minutes. There’s a lot of adrenaline happening during that time. Wanting to make something wonderful and knowing there’s an expiration date on the moment.
That’s one of the joys of working with natural light. It’s certainly more challenging because it’s constantly changing, but it also adds room for wonderful discovery. Something is good and then it gets great.
I was photographing the lovely and fun Romahni Rose last year as we experienced the light getting very interesting. That usual rush of, ooh, ooh, quick! This is beautiful! The energy is amazing when that happens.
Of course, I have an inventory of studio lighting that we can go to when the natural light goes away and we want to keep shooting, but that’s a different animal. Artificial lighting is certainly an opportunity to be more deliberate, to shape the light exactly the way I want, and the fact that once it’s right, it’s a constant. It’s a different energy. Not better or worse, just different.
But natural light? When it’s right, it’s just an incredible experience.
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