Portrait Photo breakdown: Sony a7 | 55mm f1.8 | Hanna Fashion Shoot

In this portrait photo breakdown, I’ll walk you through the process of how I got these shots and give you the settings for the final photos.

I’ve been lucky enough to work with Hanna a few times over the last few years. We met on a TFP swimsuit beauty shoot in Richardson, TX and we have stayed good friends since then.

Hanna beauty close up mid length shot Sony a7
Hanna Portrait | Sony a7 and Sony 55mm f1.8 Portrait | 1/200sec | ISO 400 | natural light only

For this particular shoot, I was asked to come out to the lake and work in more of a natural light shooting scenario. Lots of trees, and the lake as a background. It was a heavily wooded area but it made for a great backdrop to this portrait shoot.

Portrait shoot breakdown with Hanna

The beautiful Hanna has stunning eyes that I knew would be the focal point of most of my photos.

The black dress styling and make-up were decided beforehand with the Make-up artist before coming on location.

We started the shoot around 6:00 pm knowing the sunlight would be dim around 7:15 and finally full sunset around 7:40.

We timed the shoot just right so we could catch the beautiful golden light coming from the sun.

Blue eyes of hanna Sony a7 portrait shoot
The blue eyes of Hanna | Sony a7 and Sony 55mm f1.8 Portrait | 1/100sec | ISO 200 | natural light only

What I learned from this beauty portrait shoot

Working on a beauty shoot during golden hour brings its own set of challenges. I had to work on the sharp shadows that were coming from all different angles onto the model.

I tried to keep Hanna in more open areas so the light would glide more smoothly and evenly over her face. Post processing included white-balance adjustments, and lightening up the images.

Final natural light photos

Shooting against the light - Sony a7 55mm f18 portrait
Sitting on the ledge | Sony a7 and Sony 55mm f1.8 Portrait | 1/200sec | ISO 400 | natural light only
Hanna close up beauty shot - Sony a7 55mm portrait
Hanna with face covering | Sony a7 and Sony 55mm f1.8 Portrait | 1/80sec | ISO 6,400 | natural light only
Hanna and golden light - Sony a7 Sony 55mm f18 portrait
Hanna in the shadows | Sony a7 and Sony 55mm f1.8 Portrait | 1/320sec | ISO 160 | natural light only
Soft shadows Hanna sample - Sony a7 55mm portrait Zeiss lens
Soft shadows on Hanna | Sony a7 and Sony 55mm f1.8 Portrait | 1/320sec | ISO 160 | natural light only
Swirl bokeh portrait with Sony a7 Zeiss 55mm f18 portrait
Swirl bokeh effect | Sony a7 and Sony 55mm f1.8 Portrait | 1/100sec | ISO 200 | natural light only
Sony a7 portrait with hanna and sony 55mm f18 lens
Hanna looking over shoulder | Sony a7 and Sony 55mm f1.8 Portrait | 1/160sec | ISO 80 | natural light only
Water shot with hanna Sony a7 portrait
Walking in the water | Sony a7 and Sony 55mm f1.8 Portrait | 1/200sec | ISO 400 | natural light only
Black and white portrait - Sony a7 55mm portrait
Black and white portrait | Sony a7 and Sony 55mm f1.8 Portrait | 1/320sec | ISO 250 | natural light only
Shooting against the light - Sony a7 55mm f18 portrait
Shooting against the light | Sony a7 and Sony 55mm f1.8 Portrait | 1/320sec | ISO 160 | natural light only

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