I’m serious. It’s the greatest collection of harsh light imagery I’ve ever laid my eyes on.  I remember starting out in photography and trying to learn ALL of the different types of light and how to shoot in it.  Literally every article I ever came across shooting in harsh light advised to ‘look for open shade’ or to ‘put the sun behind my subject’. As I kept at it, I would find myself with my kids in the middle of the afternoon at the beach.  Not an inch of shade in sight and I rarely pose them so I just embraced the light for what it was.  I began exposing for the highlights to create these very dramatic images full of contrast from the direct light and quickly fell in love and began incorporating this more and more into my client sessions.

For this feature I asked our Emotional Storytelling group to share their images photographed in harsh and direct light (that direct light at golden hour is unrivaled in it’s beauty!) I’m so overwhelmed with the talent they shared and apologize in advance for the length of this blog post but I there isn’t one of these images I could live without. Thank you for sharing your talent with us everyone!

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Sara Jean Nino
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Tayia Strain
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Teri Ledgerwood
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Alex Elaine
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Kristina Ohl-Boyd
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Amanda Leann Canton
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Melissa Helmick
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Amanda Palmer Camp
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Amy Yenny Madson
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Anita Mcleod Turner
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Sara Jean Nino
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Autumn Chittum-Vestal
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Autumn Leigh Williamson
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Teala Ward
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Twyla Jones
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Bri Santoro
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Jessica Rasmussen
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Brittany DeJesus
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Candice Freeberg
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Candice Sampedro Johnson
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Teri Ledgerwood
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Summer Hughes
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Chelsea Brianna Gray Musgrove
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Darla Winn
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Darla Winn
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Darla Winn
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Darla Winn
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Desra Ramey
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Dawndra Budd
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Dawndra Budd
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Gina Santellano
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Gina Santellano
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Hannah Renee Miles-Smith
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Teri Ledgerwood
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Heather Koepp
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Heather Koepp
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Heather Koepp
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Heather Koepp
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Heather Koepp
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Hollie Jeakins
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Jayme Ford
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Jen Morrison
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Jen Morrison
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Jen Morrison
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Jen Morrison
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Jen Morrison
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Jen Morrison
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Jerica Arnold
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Jess Denton
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Jessica Rasmussen
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Jessica Rasmussen
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Jodi Lynn Buckles
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Kaili Echevarria
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Autumn Chittum-Vestal
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Kaili Echevarria
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Kaili Echevarria
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Katie Patterson Rickard
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Katy Webb
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Kayla King
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Kelly Ward
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Kerry Tenhave Peterson
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Kinzie Tweter
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Kishelle Linenko
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Kristin Pope
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Twyla Jones
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Catherine Wynne
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Kristy Westendorp
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Laura Frazier
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Leah Labourde
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Leslie Harris
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Lindsey Delisle Prosperie
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Lourdes Camarillo
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Margaux Lenee’ Fischer
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Margaux Lenee’ Fischer
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Margaux Lenee’ Fischer
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Margaux Lenee’ Fischer
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Leanna Campbell Azzolini
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Maria Rafael
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Marissela Alanis
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Marissela Alanis
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Marissela Alanis
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Marissela Alanis
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Martina Grose
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Martina Krzyk
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Megan Blaydes
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Meredith Brunson
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Ni Cole
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Nicole Park
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Nicoletta Ratto Petersen
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Nikki Hollett
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Nikki Hollett
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Nikki Hollett
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Ore Adesina
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Rebecca Burt
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Samantha Hayn
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Samantha Hayn
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Amina Ahmad Ford
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Adrienne Comeau
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Sarah Caitlin
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Shannon Gray
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Shannon Jones Douglas
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Shay Cathleen
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Steph Pate
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Sue Sonnenberg
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Summer Hughes
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Susan Rice
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Tara Parker
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Tarin Hartman
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Teala Ward
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Theresa Sherron
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Ali Limon
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Alicia Abbott
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Bree Friesen
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Becci Ravera
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Beth Cagnoni
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Charlene Lambert
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Cindy Johnson