In These Moments: August | Long Island Storytelling Photographer

I recently joined up with a group of storytelling photographers in a new blog circle called "In These Moments". Each month we have a theme which we aim to shoot for throughout the month. This month's theme was "High Noon Sun". Pretty appropriate considering this heat wave we are currently experiencing!

High noon sun is not the best time for pretty photos. A lot of photographers will avoid shooting during this time of day altogether because the sun is so harsh and bright. However, for a family documentary photographer, like myself, I often don't have the luxury of scheduling my sessions during the "golden hour" - or even shooting my own kids at that time. Four-year-olds and two-year-olds are not often the happiest campers between 5pm and 7pm when the light is good! Around here (and in most households with small kids), our days are dictated by nap time. Precious precious nap time! Which means a lot of outings, outdoor play (or client sessions) at midday, when the sun is high.

I am still finding my way with photographing in midday sun, but through trial and error (and a few awesome teachers - ahem Summer Murdock, ahem Lauren Mitchell) , I have figured out a few tactics that work for me.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE SHADOWS AND USE THEM IN YOUR COMPOSITIONS.

LOOK FOR AREAS OF OPEN SHADE.

EXPOSE FOR THE HIGHLIGHTS.

IF ITS BEFORE OR AFTER NOON, PAY ATTENTION TO WHERE THE SUN IS IN THE SKY. IF ITS EVEN SLIGHTLY TO ONE SIDE, PHOTOGRAPH WITH IT AT YOUR BACK FOR MORE VIBRANT COLORS.

Francesca Russell Photography | Long Island Storytelling Photographer

DON'T TRY AND SHOOT PORTRAITS AS THE SHADOWS ON THE FACE ARE NOT FLATTERING IN HIGH SUN (UNLESS YOU HAVE A REFLECTOR OR A REFLECTIVE SURFACE FACING YOUR SUBJECT!). FOCUS INSTEAD ON INTERESTING COMPOSITIONS & DETAILS.

I hope a few of these pointers help you if you find yourself photographing at high noon!

Please head around the blog circle to see what everyone else created at high noon. First up, South Florida's Family Photographer, Mialynn Photography!


Francesca Russell is a documentary-style family photographer and filmmaker located in Garden City South, NY. Head over to her Facebook page to see more of her recent work at https://www.facebook.com/francescarussellphotography/, or follow her on Instagram @francescarnyc. If you are looking for a photographer on Long Island or in the New York City area to document your family's story in photos or a film, please contact her for a session!