With all the different options available for senior images at UNC-Chapel Hill, you can get caught up in trying to get them all in the session.
When you do this, there is a tendency to overlook some of the other beauty on the campus. Full of large and mature trees, the campus can look rather shaded and dark.
For this shot, I liked for something a little different among the stand of large oaks. With the sun beginning it's descent down, it produced a gorgeous sliver of light amongst the buildings and trees.
Rather than place my senior facing the sun, I turned her so that the sun on her back would place a rim light across through her hair and silhouette.
To expose for her face, I could normally just overexpose the image to get her skins tines correct. With this location though, doing that would have turned the green grass almost white.
To preserve that coloring, I used an off camera flash to her right, shot through a large soft box. The flash's light produced a gorgeous natural looking tone, lifting her out of shadows and creating this stunning senior portrait.
A great memory for all the hard work of a Masters degree!
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