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Wild Birdseed Hill


Thomas and I photographed a couple of engagement sessions for his friends recently and it's been quite fun, but I'm also learning that it takes some convincing to get people into random fields and patches of wilderness. Even if it's not far off the beaten path, people seem to picture manicured lawns and grandeur houses as the best backdrops for photographs. While those can definitely work, when it comes to portrait photography (even simple outfit photos for a blog!) the background is secondary, so something basic and even wild works quite well. Fields like this one, which Thomas calls "wild birdseed hill" even allow you to play with foreground--placing yellow flowers in front of the lens to float like orbs in the finished pictures. It's all a learning process; figuring out how to communicate your vision and make people comfortable and achieve the images they desire--it's definitely good that the pressure is minimal since we're only photographing as a favor and in the end you just want people to be happy with their pictures.

Outfit details:
Korkease booties (old)
*pictures by Thomas

13 comments:

Brighton Helms said...

LOVE the dress

Kitsune-kun said...

I've dreamed and dreamed of finding an expansive overgrown flower field like this- is this in (N) Ireland or back in the states?

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

@Kitsune-kun Northern Ireland right across the street from Thomas's house. :)

Nikki Williams said...

that dress is so fun! love the colors!

xxoo,
nikki

www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

abbycake said...

I love the colors in these photos. When I visited Ireland, I remember scores of yellow flowers as well. My outfit photos tend to be against a wall, so it's definitely secondary to me. :)
xx Abby // a geek tragedy

V said...

Oooh, I never realised Northern Ireland was so absolutely beautiful! It's a stone's throw from home but I've never been. Your pictures of it are just breathtaking!
What camera do you use for your pics? :)

Hanie said...

How can anyone say no to a flower field? They are so beautiful! I love the patterns on your dress, they lok so cute! <3

http://itsme-hanie.blogspot.com

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

@V it's a canon mark--you can find out all my camera info here.

Rachel Sullivan said...

What a beautiful field! Looks like spring perfection.

Rachel

Alexandra Marie said...

Super duper pretty, especially that last shot! Alex

tobebeautifulingodseyes.blogspot.com

The Flannel Flower said...

I need that dress! No, the outfit! lol. I'm usually not a yellow person, but I love this. Beautiful field.

Kitsune-kun said...

いいいいなぁぁぁ

~K said...

I much prefer this kind of backdrop to a more formal and neater one. Plus I find there are less people around too.

The print on that dress is pretty awesome too!