This winter while on vacation in Florida,I had the opportunity to rent a room in this charming little house. The minute I walked through the front door, I fell in love with its architectural details and cottage-style coziness. My host, Chad, was kind enough to allow me to shoot in different areas of his home and even found a local model and her boyfriend for me to photograph.
The first location I chose to shoot in was this little reading nook tucked away in a back corner of the house on the second level. It was flooded with beautiful soft window light, the kind that’s just perfect for portraits. The walls were painted white and reflected the light evenly around the small room. No additional fill light was necessary. Throw pillows and a thick down comforter created a comfy place for my models to relax and pose for the camera.
Here are pull back images of the area where the photos were taken.
These first two images were shot while standing out on the deck looking into the house. One of the unique oddities of the cottage was that you had to climb out of the window to reach this particular deck. I loved it! Shooting from this angle gave me nice even light across both of my models.
For the following three images I had to cram myself into a small closet in order to get back far enough from my subjects. You can’t see the closet in the pull back shots, (it’s hidden around the corner). From this angle, the window, which is now directly behind them, adds a nice soft rim light around my models, Dior and Aaron, and gives the photos a slightly different look than the ones taken from outside on the deck.
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