Member Spotlight: PieFace Photography – Portrait PhotographyJune 5th, 2023
This month we went in depth about the making of a favorite image with Zenfolio member Rhonda Dumas of PieFace Photography. Rhonda is a 34 year old self-taught photographer, born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has been doing photography for 3 years, and describes herself as a picture taking person. Rhonda shared: “I liked to document and take a picture of everything! I just looove to take pictures! So I think it was only fitting to do it professionally. My absolute favorite part about photography is showing my clients their images, and hearing them say “Rhonda, I love it!” That gets me every time. It’s also a reminder that I’m doing a great job at what I love.”
The making of: an authentic couple portrait.
I chose this image because I think it gives a genuine feel of two people in love. Although I posed them, they chose to get as close as possible and close their eyes. I think that happened with connected energy; I’m just happy I was able to capture it.
My initial goal was to get the statue behind them that symbolizes love, but as I walked around them to catch different angles of the shot I noticed the sun was peeking through the bushes right above their heads, and I knew right away my goal had changed! It was a must to get that lens flare with this shot. And boy did I get it!
Editing for contrast with a lens flare.
During editing, I wanted to make this image warm and moody, but also keep a brightness to it. I also didn’t want the subjects to get lost in the haziness from the sun. To achieve this look I turned my highlights all the way down, but boosted my exposure and turned up my whites so it could keep a bright vibrant look. To grab my subjects back from the sun I boosted up my dehaze significantly! Dehaze was the perfect tool because I get the clarity I was looking for on my subjects with the gorgeous lens flare. I also turned up the luminance in my greens to really make the bokeh pop!
Client preparation for a positive experience.
I was highly recommended to this couple, so I planned ahead and got details on what they wanted and expected to prepare for this shoot. I also asked them if they had any poses or props they wanted to incorporate in the session. I made sure to make them feel as comfortable as possible and reassured them to be themselves.
Love is love.
Part of why I love this image so much is because I am in love as well and it’s such a great feeling. Love is love. No matter the race, or gender, love is just overall a great thing! To me, this image just says “we love each other, and that’s all that matters.”
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark lV
Lens: EF 85mm 1.8 USM
Exposure: 1/800 sec
Where: Four Seasons New Orleans, LA