Breaking down the shot…

Seven things I did to make this shot work.

  1. Mother and daughter are already photogenic subjects
  2. I chose my location for mature shade, from very tall trees
  3. I put the light behind them, filtering through that put them in shadow but
  4. Cranking up the exposure until they’re well lit overexposes the background into this glowy, high-key
  5. I used a long lens from a distance to make them feel alone in the forest, and for the compression that makes the trees feel larger
  6. I included a lot of space above them to make the world feel huge, and picked a spot where the trees could frame them
  7. And I adjusted the colorset to what I call “midnight mint” for a cooler, fresher feel

sony a7s, 70-200f4