In today’s photoshoot video, I take you behind the scenes working with a client and give you tips and ideas on how to photograph portraits in harsh sunlight + how to photograph two models in a photo.

A big thank you to Suzi Rose for letting me create a behind the scenes from our photoshoot!

Designer: Suzi Rose // @suzi_rose_designs
Makeup: Rene Nikol
Models: Tyler @ Priscilla’s & Georgia May Davis
Video: Dan @ I Make Films

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Sony RX100iv
Sony a7s + Sigma 24mm f1.4


Canon 5dmkiii
Sigma 24mm f1.4
Canon 35mm f1.4
Canon 50mm f1.2
Canon 85mm f1.2
Canon 135mm f2

Thank you so much for watching! xx


  1. 120 outfits in 6 hours
    60 in 3 hours
    20 in an hour
    10 in 30 mins
    1 every 3 mins
    Impressive πŸ‘

    I guess I need to work on shooting more often too

  2. how do you shoot at f2 and still get all that sharpness? i’m cringing just thinking about trying it myself oh my god. i need to know the trick!!!

  3. Great video! Looks like you guys shot the video with a wide aperture. Did you guys use an ND filter for that? I see that the vlog setup is an a7s with a Sigma 24mm 1.4

  4. No color checker or gray card to be seen and the light is constantly changing. This is not a proper way to take pictures of products.

  5. Hey Julia, how do u use your focus settings to photograph two models? AI Focus? Ai servo? One shot? And the point of the focus, all of them? Or just the middle one ?

  6. This video really makes me want to do photography as a hobby/side-career. Unfortunately I have no idea where to start haha. Brilliant video!

  7. The 50mm is definitely my favorite for shoots like this too! AND I love your location. Gorgeous!! πŸ™‚

  8. those clothes are a bohemian mermaid goddess dream omg i need to move to australia it seems people are so much freer about self expression through clothes over there

  9. Beautiful shots but out of curiosity, why not at least use a reflector? Seems that would save some Lightroom editing time and avoid the situation you mentioned where shadows were so harsh that the client rejected the shots?

  10. I still don't know how you guys can shoot wide open or even f/2.2 and get everything tack sharp?! Especially, two girls together. I understand focal planes, lens length, distance, aperture, the inverse law theory and lens compression, but some how it doesn't really work out for me! One eye will be tack sharp and the other soft. More power to you guys! LOL

  11. Nice, not sure about the bling bikinis at the end, but all in all an idyllic shoot. Interesting to see how well this camera coped with the backlight and harsh sun conditions. The images were a bit washed out maybe the effect you were trying to create. It nice to go all natural but you could bring your photos up to next level by firstly using off camera flash which is so easy to do and then if you have an extra hand a sunlight diffuser. That said they can be a bit large and easy to blow away in the wind. So I think just off camera flash would be my best suggestion. Try it, you will be amazed at the results.

  12. I am really greatful for this video, as this topic is hardly getting discussed in tutorials. In reality life is not only happening in the golden hour and I had to shoot weddings and family portraits on the beach and in the harbour during midday numerous times. I quickly learnt how important it is to have a camera sensor with a decent dynamic range, however editing still sucks and takes ages or I might be doing sg wrong. I usually have to use masks on people's faces in Lightroom to pull up the shadows and even crank up the exposure a bit. Then I am using gradual filters to darken the background for a more dramatic look. I would be curious how others go about it, as my method does not seem to be too productive to be honest..


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