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three reasons why I love backlighting

I’ll admit it: I kind of have a love-affair with the sun. I consider sunlight to be one of my closest friends.

Photography is all about light, whether it’s sunlight or artificial light. Backlighting is produced when there is a main source of light coming from behind your clients. It’s just awesome!

Here are three reasons why I love backlighting, and why you should too:

1.  lens flare, baby!

2. the golden touch. It gives you a whole lot of radiance with just a hint of sparkle.

3. it helps during sessions when the light from the sun is strong and harsh.

In the photo below, the sun is lighting Bekah and Tyson from the side as well.



In order to achieve great backlighting with the golden touch, you should aim to schedule your session around sunrise or sunset. The light is much more flattering at those times because it’s directional, warmer, and softer. At noon, the sun is directly above you which creates icky shadows under your eyes. Even worse, if your couple is  facing into the sun, they’ll be squinting and will have a difficult time seeing the camera! The light at that time is so harsh that for my photographic style, and it’s not as flattering as it would be at different times in the day (especially sunset & sunrise!).

I hope this post gave you some insight on why you should consider using the backlighting technique in your photos!

love&love,

Paulina

easter & ben: UCLA engagement session

One of the most important things about coupledom is being able to laugh together. I’m pretty sure that Easter and Ben have mastered this art. They are so comfortable with each other it’s ridiculously cute. Their ability to be silly with one another puts others at ease too. Easter, Ben, Kenny (a talented photographer and dear friend of all of ours), and I shared many a laugh during our time taking photos together. Ben and Easter are a couple that radiates joy and love from within them, and we all had so much fun during their engagement photography session.

Easter and Ben both were students at UCLA, so it was really special to be able to come back to the university for their engagement session.
Not to mention, the campus is beautiful and has some spectacular architecture!

What a handsome smile, Ben!

Then the happy couple moved inside for a little reading…

Book trucks: who knew they could be so much fun?!? =)

Then we went back outside to bask in the beautiful golden sunset.

Easter…you’re gorgeous.

Easter is so thoughtful, she even bought Ben his own engagement ring, as a gift. The gift was a surprise for Ben during the engagement session, and it was so special to be able to capture this moment for the two of them.

:::

Dearest Easter and Ben,

Thank you for allowing me to take your engagement photos. I am so happy and excited for your wedding and future together!

love&love,

Paulina

easter & ben: UCLA engagement session

One of the most important things about coupledom is being able to laugh together. I’m pretty sure that Easter and Ben have mastered this art. They are so comfortable with each other it’s ridiculously cute. Their ability to be silly with one another puts others at ease too. Easter, Ben, Kenny (a talented photographer and dear friend of all of ours), and I shared many a laugh during our time taking photos together. Ben and Easter are a couple that radiates joy and love from within them, and we all had so much fun during their engagement photography session.

Easter and Ben both were students at UCLA, so it was really special to be able to come back to the university for their engagement session.
Not to mention, the campus is beautiful and has some spectacular architecture!

What a handsome smile, Ben!

Then the happy couple moved inside for a little reading…

Book trucks: who knew they could be so much fun?!? =)

Then we went back outside to bask in the beautiful golden sunset.

Easter…you’re gorgeous.

Easter is so thoughtful, she even bought Ben his own engagement ring, as a gift. The gift was a surprise for Ben during the engagement session, and it was so special to be able to capture this moment for the two of them.

:::

Dearest Easter and Ben,

Thank you for allowing me to take your engagement photos. I am so happy and excited for your wedding and future together!

love&love,

Paulina