The Summer is a good time to shoot outdoor portraits. There are long hours of daylight that allow you to shoot from dawn until dusk, it’s usually warm enough for both you and your model to spend plenty of time outside, and most people are generally in a better mood in the summer, which makes getting natural portraits a little easier.
One of the great things about outdoor portrait photography is that you can shoot almost anywhere but you can also choose wisely. If the location adds to your portrait, you can include the background, but if the location isn’t particularly photogenic, try using limited depth of field or tight framing to concentrate attention on your subject.
For the most striking portraits, it’s often best to keep things simple, so try to shoot against uncluttered backgrounds such as the sky, a wall or foliage. This will help your subject stand out.
However, like most rules, there are times when it’s best to break them – particularly when you’re shooting environmental portraits where you want to show the surroundings almost as much as the subject itself.
In this case I found that the shadows on the model’s face where a bit too dark so I used a white reflector which is one of the simplest ways to add some light.