This “Pasadena Cultural Heritage Landmark” was the perfect spot to take advantage of the early morning sunlight during my “Mis Quince” Portrait Session with Paulina. Since before its beautifully done renovation in 2007, Pasadena City Hall has been a place of choice to capture portraits that include hints of this 1927 landmark and its gorgeous architecture.
Paulina is a beautiful and smart young lady and it has been my pleasure to get to know her. We began our shoot walking about the great open space that invited the sunlight throughout its surroundings. For example, the outdoor Spanish Colonial atmospheric hallways helped to create depth and patterns behind my subject (Paulina). In addition, in the courtyard, using the sun behind Paulina enabled me to project a “hair light”. The sun added a glowing rim behind her rich black hair that brought out the soft texture of it. As my fill light, I used a silver reflector to bounce back light onto her face and avoided having her face under exposed. Also, the reflector helped with adding a catch light to her eyes and thus it accentuated Paulina’s sweet smile.
All in all, it was my pleasure spending time with Paulina while capturing these precious images. As you can see, she is a beautiful young lady with a sweet smile. We had a good time and I am looking forward to this May, as I will have the honor of photographing her special Quienceanera celebration!