St. Andrews Sunrise Portraits // Laura Beth

When inspiration strikes it can sometimes be a little difficult to find folks willing and available to step in front of your camera… especially at six o’clock in the morning on the beach in St. Andrews so I can photograph the sunrise kissing their skin. Yes, I said 6am. Thank goodness for Laura Beth. Like me, she is not a morning person but she willingly dragged herself out of bed so I could play with the morning light.

Two things I really want to focus on during this sunrise shoot was using direct light and shadow to convey mood and expression, and to see how parts other than the face can evoke a feeling in an image. I forget so often the hands, feet, tattoos are apart of a person’s story and can beautifully captured. And, Laura has great posture and if very graceful so I wanted to create images that capture this about her. I am so thankful for her willingness to trust me and take a few risks, like stepping into the very cold water, and climbing over a few rocks while the tide came in.

For photographers: I tried out some new post-processes with these photos, and I think I like them. I used Tribe Archipelago LXC presets with a few tweaks of my own. These images were shot with my Canon 5D Mark II, and with either my Canon 35mm 1.4 lens, or my Sigma ART 50mm 1.4.

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