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After moving, shooting, speaking, and flying across the country (and into other countries) every week for the past few months, this busy season has felt more like a busy year. After every busy season I always find myself craving simplicity and this shoot is a product of that. It was great to slow down a bit to focus on the smaller details in the frame instead of seeing the scene as a whole. It’s always important to remember that a forest is made up of trees. Thanks to Waverly for being a pleasure to work with and to Melina for the beautiful hair and makeup!

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This was actually a homemade backdrop made from a painted 6x9 painter's canvas from Home Depot. If you want to make one you will need a canvas, paint, a roller, and an hour or two! If you end up making one and shooting with it, feel free to leave a link to your images from it in the comments!
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    Beautiful images. any chance you would share the lighting technique?

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    What Was your lighting situation for this Stunning set?

    • Taylor and Adam, I shot these outside in all natural light. They were in the shade with a reflector bringing some more light in. That’s it!

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    great set as always, ben. natural light ftw!

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    Hi! bEAUTIFUL IMAGES, HOW DID YOU MAKE THE CANVAS? DID YOU PRIME IT WITH ANYTHING? I’VE NEVER MADE ONE BEFORE BUT YOU MAKE IT SEEM LIKE ITS SUPER SIMPLE!

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    Gorgeous concept and such beautiful images. What’s you’re secret to smooth, soft skin?

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    stunning. after hearing your lighting situation, i’m even more in love with them.
    ps – wish your session at field trip could have been an entire day!

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    You blew my mind as usual Ben. Thanks for sharing.

    — A.

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    Too good man! Well done

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    Making my own canvas backdrop is on my list of things to do this summer! I’m looking forward to sharing :)

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    This was very inspiring, I made my own painted backdrop to do something similar, I hope you check it out and let me know what you think!

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.258034021066758.1073741885.122648517938643&type=3

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    Oof! This images are stunning!

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    These photos are gorgeous, ben! Especially love the one with just her lips and braid…. stunning and simple. love it.

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    simple and elegant. You nailed it ben! i am madly in love with this one.

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    Gorgeous work ben. the young lady is simply beautiful!

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    Absolutely stunning! I’m in love with the simplicity of it. I always enjoy Minimalism. The soft colors are perfect. Beautiful subject and beautiful photos!

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    Did you shoot this on film or is this a preset, VSCO film perhaps?

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    Holy Crap. So good.

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    These are golden. What lens did you use on this?

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    […] while back I was creeping Ben Sasso’s blog, day dreaming about wide open apertures and beautiful back lighting. In this particular post he […]

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    Lovely work, simplicity is my language! What tactics do you use to make her feel comfortable in a topless shoot with a simple setup and no props?

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    This is a beautiful set! love the simplicity. i am looking to make a background and i love thie colors you used! gorgeous. if you happen to know the colors can you share? thank you!!

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    Hey, ben! these images are gorgeous.. you inspire me so much. i’d love to know what kind of paint you used? Thanks :)

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