How to Overcome Harsh Photography Light

Updated: Dec 12, 2020

When taking photos you always hear people talk about how important lighting is to a portrait. I tend to be a control fanatic, so I often take my photos indoors with very specific lighting. However, sometimes I do venture outside because outdoor photos with natural light can be absolutely stunning.

Traveling to Napa to celebrate birthday

I was in Napa Valley last week with my pups celebrating my husband's 40th birthday. It was a perfect vacation. We had a beautiful celebration touring wineries, eating fine food, and strolling through vineyards with our two favorite furry companions. We truly could not have asked for a better time.

Traveling to Napa Valley with your Pup? Check out the Harvest Inn in St. Helena. This is my favorite dog-friendly hotel in the area.

Half way through our trip we had an open morning and decided to do a photo shoot of me and the pups because we fell in love with the vineyard behind our hotel on a previous trip and wanted to take some new photos with this amazing background. I dressed Bailey and Bentley in their finest, put on a cute outfit and walked out into the vineyard in my heels with two dogs on leash and my sweet husband with a DSLR camera strapped around his neck.

Mom and dog in Napa Valley Vineyard with harsh sunlight
Harsh Sun and Squinty Eyes

We took photo after photo with the luscious vines and grapes behind us, but no matter what we tried, the sun blazed on, and every pho