These two were referred to me by their friends who I also had the privilege of photographing! I love when I am able to work with friend groups.
A few days before our shoot I drove out to Rattlesnake Lake to get an idea of what the light was like out there and it was FREEZING. I stood outside for maybe 5 minutes before rushing back to the car. I expected that when we returned that Saturday the weather would be equally chilled, but instead we lucked out with some serious sun! Shooting in direct sun is always something that I have tried to avoid in the past, but I have been learning to love it more and more. As a photographer golden hour, clouds and shade had always been my best friends while harsh light felt incredibly unpredictable and unforgiving. Somewhere along the way, something clicked, and now every time I see a patch of direct sun I want to pull out my camera.
Michelle and Brian brought their sweet little pup Bob along for their photos, I love when people bring their dogs! He was a perfect little model and had no problems looking at the camera. I swear my dogs know when I am taking a photo of them because they always immediately turn away, I wish they were more like Bob haha. Michelle and Brian have been together since college and you can tell they share a really great friendship. Brian had her laughing the entire time!
Let me know what you think of these harsh light portraits in the comments!