Sometimes the best portraits of people can’t be created in the studio.
Sometimes, they can only be done on location.
By the time the props and the matching backdrops are brought in, the whole photo shoot becomes a huge production.
So, it’s easier to take the picture on location.
During the 10th anniversary of Day of the Dead celebrations in Riverside last year, I came across just that situation.
I saw Jackie Zapata with her incredible costume and so did many others.
They were crowding her and grabbing pictures of her with their phones and DSLRs.
Her costume was so stunning but on the street itself, all possible backgrounds I saw were terribly cluttered.
So I looked around and spied a portion of an alley close by that was in partial shadow.
I waited till everyone was done shooting then I introduced myself and asked if she wouldn’t mind accompanying me to that nearby spot.
Once I positioned her in the spot, I didn’t even need to use a reflector on the right.
The gorgeous light on the left is from the late evening sun.
That light was so brief I made perhaps 10 to 15 exposures.
Then it was gone.
Besides this portrait, I also made some other pictures of the festivities.
Take a look at the slideshow below.