Working with what you've got: Bambi Cantrell on photographing brides, babies and more [feedly]

Working with what you've got: Bambi Cantrell on photographing brides, babies and more
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Bambi Cantrell is a 30-year veteran of the photography industry specializing in portraiture and wedding photography. In this presentation from PIX 2015, she translates lessons learned over her career into real photographic results, whether her client is a bride, a couple or a young family. As Cantrell's tastes and photography have evolved over the years, she encourages others to embrace change. 'Lay a strong foundation on concepts,' she says. 'Don't put blinders on.... You can adapt as you decide to change and get older.'

Keep it simple.
'Give me a wall, a window and a reflector, and I'm home free,' says Bambi Cantrell, 'Don't feel like you have to have every single tool that's made to get good pictures.'

Do what you can with what you've got.
'I love tungsten lighting as well,' Cantrell says. 'Use existing light sources to create beautiful images. It's not that the planets line up perfectly for [pro photographers] and not someone else. It's how can I take the best possible picture with what I've got in front of me right now.'

A great expression can be perfection.

'She's just laying across the bed in her home, holding her newborn baby,' Cantrell says. 'It's about who you're photographing. What is this person like?'


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