One Santa Clarita photographer shares the secrets behind her natural light photography style
Santa Clarita photographer Lindsay Schlick used to work with models — tall, thin women dripping in designer clothing and expensive makeup. Posing was their craft, and physical perfection was their job. Together, they strived toward an unrealistic standard of female beauty and perfection.
But for Lindsay, feigning perfection got old quickly, and her creative heart craved the imperfect, the authentic. The more she shot, the more firmly she believed one thing: Reality is more beautiful than imitation.
Plenty of photographers knew how to make models look beautiful. But who knew how to elicit an equal, if not exceeding, beauty in real women? And just like that, Lindsay set out to capture what most photographers were missing: real people.
Everyone is photogenic.
Because we’re not all models, we don’t know how to elongate the body, or position our chins to slim down our faces. We don’t know how to choose the best light, nonetheless create beauty lighting to soften our imperfections and highlight our features.
But that doesn’t mean you’re not photogenic.
It just means we don’t know the rules of photography — because as real people, that’s not our job. We’ve got enough on our plates already.
The problem is, when it comes time for professional pictures, we recall the millions of selfies we’ve taken with our amateur posing, bad lighting and novice photography skills. We use those photos as evidence that we are entirely not photogenic. And we panic.
Well, those millions of selfies weren’t taken by Lindsay Schlick.
I constantly hear Lindsay say that everyone has a best day, and at SchlickArt, it’s her job to make you look like you on your best day. So how does she do it? Well, if you know Lindsay, you know it’s no accident.
What is natural light photography?
Natural light photography is a key factor in the SchlickArt formula for making everyone photogenic. It naturally flatters, forgives skin inconsistencies and illuminates your natural color.
With its glowy white tones, natural light photography acts like nature’s best Instagram filter. It brings out the beautiful details that make you who you are — like eye color or the shape of your features — while diminishing the bits we don’t like — like skin pigmentation or dark circles.
What does natural light photography mean for real people?
Models are usually surrounded by professional beauty lighting, which is made up of very bright, very powerful white lights. While models are pose in front of them all the time, they can be distracting and uncomfortable for anyone else.
Professional beauty lights also use flash, which has to recharge, causing a pause between each shot. To capture the perfect expression, Lindsay shoots rapid-fire, looking for the gorgeous subtleties in each smile. This gives her another reason to forgo the traditional beauty lights.
Natural light photography, on the other hand, provides consistent, soft white light that flatters without distraction. Lindsay’s entire studio, in fact, is designed to make light look luscious on real people. From reflective backdrop boards to sheer white curtains, every tool and prop is used to bounce light evenly and beautifully.
The result is a photograph that’s more beautiful than any model. Why? Because it’s real.
So now that you know all our secrets, don’t you think it’s time to have your picture taken?
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About Santa Clarita Photographer Lindsay Schlick
With the mind of a businesswoman and the heart of an adventurer, Santa Clarita photographer Lindsay began to conceive of a different kind of Santa Clarita photography business. In her vision, stepping in front of the camera could be an empowering experience that gave her clients more than just a photograph — it would give people a new way of seeing themselves. With an eye for seeing the beauty in life and in others, Lindsay could use the camera to spread beauty.
SchlickArt, a boutique photo and video studio in Santa Clarita, started in March 2012 with the simple idea that empowerment creates a kind of beauty and authenticity that shines through every camera lens. Built on a philosophy — rather than a product, service or person — SchlickArt has rapidly evolved, meeting business photo and business video needs as diverse as the community we capture. It’s the desire to take care of you, the client, that drives us at SchlickArt. SchlickArt was founded by Santa Clarita photographer Lindsay Schlick and Santa Clarita videographer Brian Schlick.