Madison Huntsman + The Story Behind

We are so happy to share Madison’s work on this installment of The Story Behind. One thing that makes our hearts swoon is when we see fathers playing with their kids. We can’t explain it, but for us, it’s like a sappy Hallmark card and it gets us every.single.time. So when we spotted her image in our IG tag feed, there was no doubt we wanted to feature it on the blog and lucky for us, Madison obliged and let us know the sweet story behind her photo.

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What inspires your art?
Emotion. I live for the images that you can feel as well as see.

Where was this photo taken?
My backyard in San Antonio, Texas.

How did the location add or hinder to your image?
I’ve been privileged to be shoot in many beautiful homes. Sometimes I get discouraged from shooting in my own space because it doesn’t live up to those spaces.

DSLR, iphone, instant or film?
DSLR | Canon EOS-1D X Mark II | 17-35mm lens.

What were your camera settings for this image?
ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/250.

Can you tell us “The Story Behind” this shot?
It was the first day during the Covid-19 quarantine that the weather was good so the kids and I were taking advantage when my husband came home. He’s the fun parent, so when asked to jump in by an adorable 4 year old, he happily obliged, uniform and all. I hastily ran for my camera.

What speaks to you about this image? What specifically made you press the shutter?
If left to my own devices I would have my camera in hand all day. As a parent of two I try to balance being in the moment and documenting the moment. I chose to document this moment because I want my kids to look back and remember these moments of spontaneity.

What was your composition technique with this shot?
I was down on the ground and used the two houses to provide both the rule of thirds and leading lines.

Did you have any lighting challenges/How did you light the image?
Bright light is my enemy so I think I was just lucky to have the little bit of shade provided by the two houses.

Did you use any special techniques – freelensing, prism, etc?
No special techniques.

Was this photo happenstance or did you visualize it prior? If so, how did you envision the image and set up for it?
Definitely happenstance.

Did you use a preset to edit this image, your own selective edits or a combination of both?
I used a heavily modified version of a Dawn Charles preset.

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