Lindsay Saunders + The Story Behind
We have a BIG CRUSH on Lindsay Saunders! We have for years now so we are always giddy when we see her photos pop up in our HASHTAG. If you have followed Lindsay, you know how extremely creative she is. If you are just seeing her work for the first time, then you’re welcome!! You now have a new photographer that will inspire you. This image from Lindsay is one of those that takes you back to your childhood and you can’t help but smile when you see it. We wanted to get inside Lindsay head and learn about her thought process for this image so we asked her to do a THE STORY BEHIND. Keep reading to learn more:
What inspires you?
That’s hard to pinpoint but I’m most often inspired by painters from the 17th- 20th century, literature that pulls at my heartstrings, and my favorite movies. Recently I just rewatched the PBS version of Little Women, and the cinematography and music inspired me to pull out my camera.
Where was this photo taken?
On my back porch in Alaska! I often take photos at my house. It’s become a sort of haven. We have a river full of ducks, wildflowers, and a tiny pumpkin patch in the fall, and an ice rink for skating at Christmas. It has all the things and inspires me everyday!
How did the location add or hinder to your image?
Shooting photos through windows can be real tricky. For this shot, it was hard because we don’t have our leaves back on our birch trees so I had to use a bit of compression to NOT get my whole face and body in the reflection!
DSLR, iphone, instant or film?
DSLR, D750 shot with a 85mm Art lens.
What were your camera settings for this image?
My ISO was about 200 and my shutter speed was 1/2000.
Can you tell us “The Story Behind” this shot?
I was teaching about taking photos through windows in a live feed and took this one! Daisy and I are always drawing rainbows on everything and this was our “April” art on the window. We have a pretty seasonal/cyclical mindset around my house! 😉
What speaks to you about this image? What specifically made you press the shutter?
I always love to incorporate our art and a bit of whimsy. Daisy is extremely whimsical and an entertainer. This is 100% her. When I was teaching through a live feed she was just cracking everyone up.
What was your composition technique with this shot?
Triangle composition- really commonly used for any center portraits! Like Girl With a Pearl Earring or Mona Lisa, the shoulders to head create a nice triangle so putting the focus on the middle of the frame isn’t a bad thing!
Did you have any lighting challenges/How did you light the image?
I used golden hour light, so now challenged arose! I usually just use natural light.
Did you use any special techniques – freelensing, prism, etc?
Using an 85 lens specifically to create compression to get less of my reflection (so I could stand far back).
Was this photo happenstance or did you visualize it prior? If so, how did you envision the image and set up for it?
I definitely visualized it about five seconds before I set it up! I’m pretty quick on my feet in that way.
Did you use a preset to edit this image, your own selective edits or a combination of both?
I make and sell my own, LS Presets.
Do you have any addition information you would like to share with our readers?
Windows are my favorite to shoot through because they add depth to your storytelling by creating layers. I looooove layers in storytelling!