Last week I took some head shots for my friends Sara and Phil. I was hoping to do an outdoor shoot with natural light BUT the weather had other plans. It was a really crummy day. Actually, I think it was our first snowfall for the year and to top it off it was FREEZING. Needless to day, we didn’t shoot outside.

I used my 50 mm Prime lens again so all the photos you see have an aperture of 1.8.

We tried a few spots in their house close to large windows to get as much natural light as possible. In the end, we placed a stool in front of the large bay window at the front of their house and voila! This is how they turned out:

ISO 200

SS 1/25

With these settings this image was actually a bit dark when I uploaded it. I was able to brighten the picture using iPhoto and edit in Photoshop.

Sara Cotton Headshot 5 Edited 2.jpg

ISO 200

SS 1/15

For this photo I actually held up a pillow along the left side of the lens. You can just barely see the blurred white line. By adding an object in front of the lens you’re adding to the depth of field and adding perspective to your shot. This works really nicely for outdoor shoots. Try picking up a stick, a leaf or a piece of grass. It can make it seem like you’re ‘looking in’ on a moment.

Sara Cotton Headshot 7 Edited copy.jpg

ISO 200

SS 1/20

Sara Cotton Headshots 3 Edited.jpg

ISO 200

SS 1/20

Sara Cotton Headshot 2 Edited.jpg

ISO 400

SS 1/30

Phil Headshot 4 Edited.jpg

ISO 200

SS 1/15

Phil Headshot 2 Edited.jpg

All of these photos have been edited and (not to toot my own horn) I think they turned out AMAZING! It helps when they’re a good looking family to begin with.

Jaclyn Colville Photography- Sara, Phil and Charlotte


  • An ISO of 100 is perfect for very sunny shots.
  • ISO 200-400 works for overcast outdoor daylight, outdoor shade, or indoors where the scene is well-lit.

The lower you can keep you ISO the better. The higher up the ISO the more you risk ‘grain’ in your photos. For example: If I were to take a picture with an ISO of 1600… it would be very light and airy BUT it would be a grainy image which can be harder to edit. If you keep the ISO as low as possible you can always brighten up the image in Photoshop afterwards.


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Until next time,



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