My favorite subject to chat about is photography. My friends and family know better than to bring it up because once I start the conversation there is no stopping me. So what better outlet to spew photography lingo then on my blog. So weekly I'm going blog photography tips! My very first photography tip is going to be about favorite thing in photography... light! Photography is the art of light. The use of light will directly effect your image. The location of where you are photographing is not nearly as important as the light your photographing in. This past week I photographed my youngest in my front yard. No where special. The first image is a cell phone pull back of what my front yard looks like and then the final image of how I used the light. I little history lesson of my photography journey... when I started my fort worth portrait studio six years ago I solely created my light with my studio lights. Natural light scared me. Now I have completely flip flopped now I prefer natural light over studio light, or creating my light. There is nothing wrong with creating your light, I should probably get back into the habit of it and it is a fantastic skill photographers should master. But me being the minimalist nature lover that I am I love using what I have available to me in my environment. Okay back to my photo tip. Back lighting is my favorite, back light is when the sun, or your light, is behind you. The best time to use natural back lighting is about an hour before sunset.. however I photographed the tree images about 2.5 hours before sunset because the light filtered beautifully through this tree. I strategically placed micaela where I did. I wanted the light to filter through the tree and to hit micaela. The book micaela was reading doubled as a reflector and bounced the light back onto her face.. again using what I have available to make my image work. The next batch of images with Micaela's guinea pig was literally on my lawn. This image was taken during sunset, the last bit of light of the day again she backlit because that is my favorite look. Since the sun was pretty much set I didn't need to put her in front of anything to filter the sun. When you are photographing in available natural light the best time of day to do it is right at sunrise or sunset, unless you are in shade, or over powering the sun with off camera flash, photographing in the middle of the day in direct sunlight is just too harsh. So to wrap it up pay attention to the light, if it looks pretty to you it will probably be pretty in your camera. I hope you enjoyed my first tip please feel free to contact me if there is photography tip you would like for me to blog about!