Did you know sunflower face toward the sun? That’s how sunflower got its name from. Interesting facts right? Haha! So, sunflowers were blooming everywhere in mid July and early August but I didn’t have the chance to shoot. Luckily there was a patch that was still at it’s peak near the end of August for me! I decided to do a Hmong inspire theme because I feel like I don’t embrace my culture enough. In two month it will be the Hmong New Year as well so do expect to see a lot of culture inspiration coming in.
The clothes my model Pa wore is mine. I thought it would be perfect for the sunflowers since it’s green and has colorful prints for a pop of color. As for makeup, well luckily she’s an expert at it because I lack that skills. All I did was told her to wear orange lipsticks and neutral eye shadows.
We shot at high noon in natural light with a silver reflector. I’m using the Sigma 85mm f1.4 art. It’s mostly my go-to portrait lens.
After the sunflower shoot, we moved to a new location just a few miles down the road from. Prior to the sunflower shoot, I got lost on the way and ended up at a big open field as I was making a U turn. These were shot with the Sigma 20mm f1.4 art (super wide angle lens). I had to carefully position myself to prevent distortion. I know it’s not an ideal lens for portraits but I’m not afraid to use it. If you carefully find a way to work with it, it’ll work! And it’s one of my favorite lens! So why did I use this lens if you ask? Because my 85mm was too close up it couldn’t frame the entire field 😉
Last but not least, special thanks to Pa Xiong and her boyfriend Jim Vang for coming out. It was a pleasure working with you two. Pa, you always pull your A game! I could always count on you. And Jim, thank you for holding the reflector in the heat. I know it was tough! 🙂
Here’s a few snap shots that aren’t serious haha. We were just going at it for fun before wrapping up.
Thanks for visiting! Have a bless day 🙂