Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Windy Portrait Shoots

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Normally, I hate a windy day...
especially if it's cold outside.

But I LOVE wind for portrait shoots!

Yesterday, I was sitting at my computer
trying to catch up after my recent trip to Atlanta
when I heard a loud whirrrrrrrrrrr outside...
heavy winds bending the tree outside my window.

I was so happy my daughter was home
because as you know...I beg her to pose in good conditions.

The winds were gusting up to 45 MPH.
Even better, the sun was in and out!

Actually, most young gals think wind is a
BAD condition for photography.

Their perfectly coiffed hair
is suddenly a perfect MESS.


But, I'm in heaven as the wind adds
new dimension to portraits...
everything blowing in a natural...
imperfect perfection.
(Does that make sense??)

I tell the subject to forget about the hair...


Once they let go of the perfect hair...

They relax and let the wind do its tricks.

I wish EVERY photo session was windy.

On a windy day, add some props that will catch the wind
like this shawl.

Hats are fun too on a windy day.

I am LOVING my 50mm, 1.4 lens I got for

I love how it really blurs the background
when I shoot at wide aperature.

Really gives that mystical feel.

So instead of cursing the wind...
embrace it for portrait photography.

If you hear the wind howling outside...
grab someone and take their photo with their
hair a wild mess.



  1. What fun ideas! I love to grab the easy to use digital camera inside my iPhone and take tons of photos of the grandkids and granddogs, and don't mind wind for photos, but never thought about "putting it to work. Course my grandsons don't have the hair for it, but I'll have to share this with the granddaughters and see what they think. Thanks for the tips for Sweet Shot Tuesday. :) Have a great day.

  2. The wind really added a nice element to your shoot. Joining you from sweet shot Tues.

  3. her soft lace dress adds to the whole feel too :)

  4. your daughter is beautiful and a perfect match for this photo shoot idea. love the softness of these pictures!

  5. I usually fight the wind because when I view the full size image I always have a stray hair going across an iris & when I sharpen the eyes it stands out. But I guess I just need to get better about facing them a different direction :) I love the movement in her hair in these- it really does look so beautiful. Usually what I am going for- just have not mastered it quite yet.

  6. I think she was getting the hang of it by the end. lol Really love the 4th to last one.

  7. Really love windy shots never thought wind could make a women look gorgeous!

  8. These are great! I love the 8th shot. My older girls have super curly hair so windy shoots are not a good thing for them, but my youngest has hair similar to your daughter's so I love shooting her on windy days. :)

    Thanks so much for joining us in the Leap Into Spring Photo Challenge! We're moving on to blossoms/trees on Friday. Can't wait to see what you came up with! Have a great day!

  9. these are beautiful!! Wind can be tough to shoot in but sometimes it really works out great! I love the wind in her hair in these!

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  11. LOVE the soft look here! I guess wind can be your friend.

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