"Let's Meet at Heritage Park in Old Town,"
I said to her. I first met Tanzania a few years ago through a mutual friend and photographer. At that time, I had taken a few photos of her, but nothing that I would consider one-on-one. It was only recently that she and I coordinated our own portrait session.
As a natural light photographer, I always anticipate changes to the weather; however, I did not anticipate the sun, which had boasted its radiance all day long, to suddenly disappear as I exited off the highway. Not only did it disappear, but it disappeared for good and was immediately replaced by the heaviest grey and wet clouds. "Great."
Of course Mother Nature will always have her way. All we can do is adapt. So that's what we did. Instead of finding pockets of sun as I had hoped for, I set out with new intention to create "cool-to-the-eye" portraits for Tanzania. She wore a beautiful green dress that complemented her quite well. And considering this, I wanted her to be surrounded by the same greenery and flowers.
As a professional portrait photographer here in San Diego, I find that having a concrete familiarization with color theory helps portraits come alive. Knowing one's complementary colors can make for some pretty interesting and eye-catching images. Additionally, knowing other color schemes like Analogous, Triad, and Split Complementary can further add to the intrigue of our subconscious mind.
So if you are a client looking for a good photographer, whether for a portrait, elopement, or boudoir session; or you are a fellow creative wishing to hone in on your technique and style, consider the concept of Color Theory.