by • November 8, 2017 • Color, Outdoor, Photography Comments943

Jackie Mae Mullins

Jackie Mae at Sherando Lake

Jackie is a 23 year old model, born and raised in the city of Fredericksburg in the state of Virginia.
Her passions are horses and modeling, she has a horse and cares for her back in Fredericksburg.
Jackie is a brunette with impressive green eyes, her penetrating green eyes hide an arsenal of poses and smiles in front of the camera.

I have worked about four times with Jackie, most of the time in studies but lately we have changed the scenery outdoors, maybe because of the season, Autumn is fantastic in the Appalachians and this year we have been blessed with a change of color in the vegetation that he had not seen many years ago.
Normally we work on themes such as boudoir and lingerie but now we go out to nature to look for something more exotic and natural.
The day was beautiful, we had a cloudy day with good refraction of light but we also used a flash ring to achieve that perfect finish in the captured photos.
It was 2 hours of intense work that culminated with almost 600 photos, after that a well-deserved dinner and at 4 she was on her way back home to Fredericksburg.

It was a pleasure to work with Jackie and I have several ideas for the future with her.

For this photo-shoot we used some basic techniques:

Backlight For Foliage That Pop

Jackie Mae, Sherando Lake

Light is the medium we use to paint our photographic masterpieces and is a critical component to their success. While sidelight is great for revealing texture and definition in the landscape, my favorite light for autumn foliage is often backlight. Since the red, orange and yellow leaves of autumn are translucent and light passes through them when backlit, the result is often an explosion of luminance and color.

All too often, people shy away from shooting backlit subjects. Yes, the light can be intense and contrasty, but the payoff of bold vibrant color that pops is well worth the attempt. When shooting backlit scenes, it’s important to watch for lens flare, taking care to shade the front element of the lens with a lens hood, your hand or perhaps the bill of your cap. Watch your exposures, as often you’ll need to open up a bit using exposure compensation if shooting in aperture priority, I shoot in manual mode and adapt my settings to the right balance between back-lit scenes and flash.

LightNot all things need be, or should be, photographed in bright sun. If the weather report calls for sun for the next days, that’s not good news.


In autumn, sunlight is desirable only early and late, when it’s essentially sidelighting. “An overcast day is best—first, because you can shoot all day long, and second because the light is soft and even.” But doesn’t overcast mean that the intensity of the color is decreased? Nope, not at all; in fact, just the opposite: autumn colors are saturated colors, and they contrast nicely with a gray day. While a bit of gray sky is okay in your photo, remember to avoid expanses of uninteresting white sky. What’s often best is cloud cover illuminated by sunlight; the first photo here is a nice example of that.

I use spot metering for everything, regardless of sunshine or clouds, then checks the histogram to make sure no highlights are being clipped. “I’ll check the LCD to see what I’m getting and dial in some exposure compensation if I need to increase or decrease saturation.” Another exposure setting tip: “Cloud cover will give you less light, and because you’re photographing landscapes, generally you won’t want to sacrifice depth of field by opening up the aperture, so I suggest pushing the ISO to keep your depth of field at a good setting while maintaining a high shutter speed if you’re hand-holding the camera or use a neutral density filter to brig your f-stops down, a NDx8 will brig it down 3 f-stops.

If you are interested in working with Jackie, here is her Model Mayhem Link

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