Welcome to how to create beautiful portraits by simplifying your light. My name is Audrey Willard and today we're going to cover a multitude of things as I bring you into my world here in Chicago. Well, first talk about who you are as a photographer because I believe that has a huge impact on the results that you want. After that we are going to go over the philosophy of the equipment that you use. I actually believe that the equipment that you use, such as the camera lenses and your light choice really determines who you are. Now. Have you ever heard what is your style as photographers? We hear a lot about finding your style. I'm gonna take you through an exercise that I used in the beginning of my career. And it will not only help you hone into your style, but it will help you stick to it. We want you to be confident in every single thing that you do. And I believe going through that exercise will definitely help you with that. Now, after we go through all of that, I'm going to take ...
you into the city and we are going to talk about molding shaping and more importantly, recognizing that light. We're gonna go through available light, but we're also gonna go over created light. But here's the thing with the creative light, we are going to use one light. We are going to keep it super simple from the beginning until end. Now, I know so many of you do not live in a big city. Trust me, I understand that. So guess what? Not only am I going to do the city and urban look, but we're going to go into a forest and I'm gonna rinse and repeat everything that I did in the city and we're gonna bring it directly into the forest. So if you do not have that big Chicago city, we're gonna go through trees and all of those different things. So any environment that you're in, you're gonna be able to use those same techniques and after we go through all of that will bring everything back in and we'll go over some super simple editing techniques. We'll start with the raw file and then we'll end it end it with the finished result. The final thing that you'll have is how to create dramatic looking images with the most simple techniques, not only with your thought process, but also with the lighting that you use. I hope you guys are excited as I am to begin this entire journey. I really want to bring all of you into my world because this is the first time that I've done it and I'm so happy so join me as we go through this entire process and I will talk with you guys soon. Thank you so much.
Audrey Woulard is a portrait photographer, and she is a Nikon Ambassador.  She has been a full-time professional photographer for the last 17 years photographing teens and their families. In addition to her portrait work, she also photographs select commercial assignments for brands such as Iams Pet Food and Pottery Barn.
My goodness! This class is like a breathe of fresh air in the morning. Vey easy to follow along for some very amazing results. Really enjoy the friendly presentation, filled with tips and clear explinations for working with light using a minimal setup. Thank you Audrey
a Creativelive Student
Audrey brings together and simplifies divergent ideas in photography. Finding beautiful available light (based on direction and quality) on location is her first priority. She then perfects the light using a single strobe on her subject. Her style emphasizes shallow depth of field using fast primes and high-speed sync, and her post-production is minimal.
She offers a pragmatic workflow and a creative philosophy that values getting out in the field and making photos. The reliability, ease of use, and affordability of the newest off-camera flash solutions make this kind of dramatic portraiture accessible to more artists.
Wow! I love her non-complicated process and the stunning results! I can't wait to use all I learned from her shooting on location as well as her editing tips. Audrey has a great personality and is a teacher I would watch over again. Will search for more of her classes. Did not want the class to end!