posing nature-loving brides

Today’s post is about posing nature-loving brides in the woods. However, even though my shoot is bridal inspired, these tips are the same for posing anyone in the woods. In fact, if you take a look at Emily Soto’s work, you can see how beautiful shooting in the woods can be for fashion or even portrait shoots.

The idea for this post came to me after I spent the day struggling working on a personal project. I decided that it was imperative for me to master a woodsy environment after shooting two weddings (here and here) that had a reception near the forest. I learned so many things during this shoot and shooting in the woods has just become one of my favorite places for portraits.

Here’s what Cassie learned:
1. Don’t shoot in the middle of the day- it’s a pain
I already knew this, but the middle of the day was the only time that worked for everyone involved in the shoot. I had to deal with a bunch of stuff including heavy shadows and uneven light that could have easily been avoided by shooting right after sunrise (this is probably never going to happen) or right before sunset.

2. If you do, use a foam board to block off the sun over the subject’s head but remember to bounce light back onto the subjects face
To solve the problem of shooting in the middle of the day I had my sister hold a white piece of foam board (bought at the dollar store) above the model’s head. This eliminated all of the uneven light but it also led to another problem- it made everything really dark. With the foam board still over my model’s head, I used a reflector to bounce light back onto her face.

3. Use the silver side of a reflector
Usually I stick to the white side of reflectors because the bounced light has a more subtle effect. This didn’t work in the woods. I found that using the silver side led to a much more flattering effect.

4. You may need one or two assistants
I had one assistant, but in reality (and next time), I’m going to use two. It was hard for a single person to hold both the foam board and the reflector,as well as position their bodies outside of my view.

5. Use flash to fill in shadows
Ok, so here’s something that I forgot to do that could have helped me out- use my flash to fill in shadows. I don’t have much to say about that because I didn’t do it so I’m not certain of the results.

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6. Add light in Photoshop
I found that the best way to add light was to do it as a color balance adjustment layer. Adjusting only the highlights, I added more red and yellow.

7. Bring snacks

We got so hungry and thirsty and we were so far away from everything. Also we were in the groove and didn’t want to ruin our vibe. Next time, I’m going to bring a cooler filled with snacks and I strongly suggest you do the same if you plan on shooting for more than an hour.

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8. Shoot into the sun for an interesting effect
I wanted to create a light and airy image for at least one of my shots so I found a pocket of light and faced my model towards me and then shot into the sun.

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9. Shoot into the dark with the subject facing the sun
I placed my model at the edge of where the dark turns to light and made her face the sun. This resulted in a dark and moody picture but you can still clearly see the model’s face and body.

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10. Use your surroundings as props
There was a tree stump in the woods that served as a place to hold flowers and also for the model to lean against. Look out for cool things from your surroundings to include in your shots.

Here’s a recap of the tips to remember the next time you plan a shoot in the woods.

♥ Don’t shoot in the middle of the day- it’s a pain
♥ If you do, use a foam board to block off the sun over the subject’s head but remember to bounce light back onto the subjects face
♥ Use the silver side of a reflector
♥ You may need one or two assistants
♥ Use flash to fill in shadows
♥ Add light in Photoshop
♥ Bring snacks
♥ Shoot into the sun for a beautiful effect
♥ Shoot into the dark with the subject facing the sun
♥ Use your surroundings as props

Next week I’ll post on how to quickly and easily tell the dominant color of your picture and I’ll walk you through removing an image’s color cast.

Xo, Cass

Written and photographed by Cassandre Poblah.

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posing nature-loving brides

Written and photographed by Cassandre Poblah.

6 Comments on 10 Simple Tips for Posing Nature-loving Brides in the Woods

  1. Cass
    September 30, 2014 at 12:12 AM (7 years ago)

    Hey Eliane! Thank you so much for the support:)

  2. Éliane
    September 23, 2014 at 9:01 PM (7 years ago)

    Great shots!! You’re doing amazing Cass!! xx

  3. Cass
    September 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM (7 years ago)

    Awww! Thanks girl your the best!

  4. Cass
    September 4, 2014 at 4:15 PM (7 years ago)

    Thank you for following my blog and always letting me know how I’m doing. It really touches my ♥.

  5. My
    September 3, 2014 at 11:32 PM (7 years ago)

    WOW Absolutely beautiful!!

  6. Nads
    September 3, 2014 at 3:07 PM (7 years ago)

    I LOVE IT!! :))