Nature shoot

Capturing natural moments of time in nature.

One of my favorite places to shoot photos is outside, especially in the summer and fall. Nothing is more exciting than finding a new place to explore with friends and then shoot photos along the way. Back home over the summer, a few friends and I always go on what we call our photo adventures and I have some of the best memories from them.

This photoshoot in particular was soon after Covid-19 blew up and we all got sent home from school. It was a difficult time, and I was incredibly bored and at a loss of what to do with my time. So, my friend and I decided to go on a mini hike and take photos one day, and I eagerly jumped at the opportunity.

It was a beautiful, warm, sunny spring day that made for great photos! We went to a forest preserve called Veterans Acres Park, one of my favorite places to be back home. There, we were able to find sections of the park that we had never explored before and got some wonderful pictures.

The photo above is one of the only few photos I’ve taken that are posed a specific way. While we were walking around, we found this stretch of land filled with these umbrella looking plants, and it was so pretty. Hidden in them, there were several wooden stool seats, and I knew right away that we had to try to capture something from it. Luckily, I was able to get the perfect picture!

This photo is one of my favorite because of the way the lighting shines through. It’s got this ethereal, calm feel to it and the colors all work really well together. One of my techniques of shooting pictures is capturing natural moments in time. Candids are my favorite, and I love photos where it’s clear that it’s natural and authentic and not posed. This is one of those types of photos. My friend was looking around and happened to turn his head and position his body this way on his own, and I took the photo the second he did. Everything fell into place in this image!

This is another natural moment I caught of my friend laughing at something. What I love about this photo is the angle I got it from and the way the trees cover the background. Even the little detail if him playing with his hands is great because it adds to that natural, candid feel.

For editing, I didn’t alter too much. Usually when I edit, unless I have an idea in mind for a shoot that is specifically for something, I like a natural, simple editing style. Most of these photos were edited through VSCO’s editing feature and others were touched up with photoshop.

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