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In today’s behind the scenes photography tutorial we are headed into Seattle during golden hour! I share a ton of tips + tricks for framing, composition, working in difficult lighting situations (during dusk!), some cute posing ideas, styling tips, finding location scouting, and more!
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hey everyone Jessica Whitaker here I am a New York city-based photographer and today we are in my hometown of Seattle Washington today I'm really excited to bring you along behind the scenes on a portrait photography tutorial during Golden Hour and getting creative with poses techniques tips and tricks for shooting just to overall improve your portrait photography skill so there's a lot I'm gonna be sharing with you guys today before we dive right in be sure to subscribe to this YouTube channel for even more photography tutorials on a weekly basis I love being able to bless your business hopefully bless your business with these videos but if you could help me out by clicking subscribe down below it enables me to be able to continue to create more tutorials every single week for you thank you so much to Skillshare for sponsoring today's video this is another way I'm able to continue to bring you free tutorials on YouTube outside of my online workshop on a weekly basis and I love skill share skill share is an online learning community with thousands of classes in photography business design even marketing if you run your own business whether it's full-time or late nights after your nine-to-five skill sure is the perfect place to brush up on your skills or learn a new hobby I am a one-woman show I am my own graphic designer a social media manager photographer and I do have some areas in my business that I know I need to grow in such as graphic design because I'm all about branding but Photoshop is sometimes intimidating when it comes to creating some cohesive graphics to carry on through all my socials so instead of taking a class at my local Community College and paying thousands of dollars for a graphic design class or scouring YouTube and you know kind of wasting a lot of time to finally find and piece together the tutorials I can just utilize skill shares platform because they all the classes are taught by experts in their field so you are getting a great 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green matches the green having it be monochromatic just as an easy way to really like amp up your portraits and add a lot of interest to them so we're gonna get started with some poses so I'll probably have you standing maybe like right here yeah okay perfect oh my gosh cute okay I'll actually have you scoot out about a foot so I always have my subject if I feel like I want in the image to be a bit more compressed especially for portraits with a 35 lens I'll have the subject to be about like three feet in front of the wall that will just compress it make it nice and blurry so I do want to get kind of like the awning in here I like how there's that single light bulb and the lights in the back wherever I can look for some bokeh to add especially to I will cuz that adds a bit of interest to the photo as well this is cute if I have her for rain underneath beautiful yes oh my gosh guys and I love like smiling is so perfect so just like big smile beautiful you've such a good smile beautiful so I have camera framed right underneath this like awning the framing oh my gosh this looks so good love ya my gosh love being intentional about the framing composition is so important especially for portraits oh now how do you step out a tiny bit more perfect it really makes them look nice and like polished very intentional beautiful so good three-quarter shot so have you flip all the way around and then yeah then look over the yes oh my gosh cheekbone okay beautiful we have that nice the bokeh and the back the lights are nice which adds a lot of interest oh my gosh love I love the green on green I think that's such a great way to just having everything be Monica much oh my gosh love I'm having her framed the door the green doors here and then we have this green like stripe on the bottom of the building so I'm kind of positioning Camrys head where she's framed at the like intersection of the door and then the the stripe you'll see in the after photos on the screen but this is just another way to be intentional with framing lift your chin up just a tiny gap perfect oh my gosh and then maybe kind of like bring your hand up by your face yes and then big smiles oh my gosh yes beautiful oh let's actually do some full body standing ones so I'll have you framed it looks like a window used to be there so I can kind of frame camera in the middle of that that rectangle that's a nice framing element so I have camera framed under that window and then within that though I also want to incorporate there's like this little kind of I want to get a little bit of that green just at the very top of the frame to add interest so I'm making sure with my camera I'm still being intentional with that's so good it can give me a big smile – beautiful so good oh my gosh this is so cute oh my gosh you have the best smile literally it's so cute I just love these kind of buildings because I feel like there is so much going on like even though the window to some they'd be like oh my gosh the windows out and it's like boarded up it's not cute to me I just see texture I see interest so it really like we're not in downtown Seattle right now like week for all you guys know we could be in you know a small historic district of a small town you don't have to live in New York City or LA or you know even Seattle to create these really cool images amazing so good oh my gosh you are so amazing cute let's do that again I'll have you let's do the kick I'm gonna try to frame you like in this little area so I'll have you do it this way I don't know if that me yeah yeah I got perfect yeah I'm gonna try to get the edge of the building yes perfect amazing beautiful do that one more chart Lily okay one more time Oh actually I think we got it yeah the cord the cord cord this is Loki tripping it is a hazard but we're out here in the budget yo second location my favorite pink the theater I've done so many tutorials and run in this and it's this might be my favorite vomit so Q are you kidding me so cute okay so um wow I love this this really like oh my gosh so good and the light right now oh my gosh okay this is hurt oh yes this is perfect so oh my gosh to kind of do a little tester room oh yeah this lighting so good we're kind of at like the very tail end of golden hour but it still it's almost dusk I guess is what I would say like it's almost blew our so the light is just really soft and beautiful it almost looks like it's overcast and then I'm just being a really intentional witch yes with framing I have camry like right underneath that the feeder Stein yes that yeah that's cute oh my gosh I'm Dodger so amazing yes beautiful okay I'm gonna do a full the full fit the full loop oh my gosh you guys guys you yeah let's give it a try ready go cute cute cute cute Oh ash love love love keep your face a little bit tilted up just so then yeah okay perfect beautiful and then again like do a really big cheesy smile yes love I look amazing let's do me P and can you like maybe I don't want to have you sit but maybe kind of like lean against this I just wanted the brakes if that's okay that's okay I want to make sure though we're facing this way because the light is right here so I don't want to do too many all these thumb like straight on but I think that the more we can shoot from this angle the better because it's like so perfect right now oh my gosh love okay I'm so obsessed these are so cute you were amazing oh my gosh cute okay amazing lean forward just slightly I'll have you actually lean your torso because I'm trying to I'm gonna frame you right in where that window is yeah okay perfect perfect well you actually know step out about a foot and then come for it a little bit and then skew this way a tiny bit perfect okay I have you actually scoot this way sorry I'm like right and left I don't have time to figure out the math okay perfect beautiful I got my camera setting my f-stop is 1.4 shutter speed 125 iso 800 and i'm just gonna bring the iso up a little bit higher as it gets there's the minutes progress if you actually scoot forward I'll have you stand up and then I'm gonna do like a shot with more of this pink corner oh my gosh beautiful do a really big smile for me please yes love so having a spy in the corner gives us more of the pink background to work with as opposed to like just on the street where we only get it on maybe the left side oh my gosh love so amazing beautiful and again I mean just really intentional about the framing I want to make sure I'm gonna do a video real quick I want to make sure that I have Camrys head like right underneath this little there's like an awning outside of the movie theater you're like so good so yes you're so amazing like you're so talented beautiful actually I'll have you step out about a foot and then cuz I want to make the background nice and blurry so yes perfect yes exactly yes Wow beautiful doing this way okay it's kind of gotten to the point where I can't shoot in live mode anymore just because the shutter is it's the shutter is a little bit slower in life mode stone switching out of that to do beautiful beautiful now maybe bring both your hands up by your face and like just big smiles for this one cuz it's super yeah and then like laughs hey that's Jessica you're so funny what beautiful I want to kind of get this um the awning or the molding whatever and that is called I don't know the architecture I want to get that in the shot I love the leading lines kind of leading up to the window and then framing you get super pretty yeah yeah oh my gosh you're so talented y'all if you're in Seattle come through come in higher cambrie for all your runway Nordstrom come on styling I'm here okay you have the best smile oh my gosh it's so like just all-around alright everyone thank you so much for watching I hope that you enjoyed I hope that you learned something if you guys are interested I have released my online photography workshop it's over six and a half hours of video 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