5/ 31 EPIC SUMMER SESSION | Mandi Johnson Photography

Is this session personal work or client work?

This was a client session.

Tell us a bit about the magic of summer + the connection to your lens?

I love light & live for the sessions where there is dreamy light to work with! When I see light pouring through trees or a pocket of light, I just can’t wait to utilize it. I love sun flares & especially try to create them throughout the sessions where the light enables!

What about this session makes it an Epic summer session?

This session qualified as an epic summer session in my book because the light was so pretty & made the surroundings appear so magical. I utilized every pocket of light streaming in that I could find to create fun flares & light the family up with the golden glow!

What else is on your summer bucket list to photograph this summer?

I have some projects on my summer list that include a few fun locations up in Northern MN, a session taken by the lights of the carnival, & a vintage ice cream truck!!

What gear was used to achieve these?

I used my Nikon D610 & SIGMA Art 35mm lens.

Any summer tips or photographer advice?

Don’t be afraid of the sun, just learn & know how to use it to your advantage. I used to be afraid of full sun, but I have 3 littles- 5 & under so I simply can’t avoid it if I want to capture their adventures during the day. Simply set your camera settings appropriately & you can really achieve fun images (I shoot wide open- typically at 1.8 so I usually have a high SS, wide aperture, & low ISO in order to achieve the look i’m going for)! When shooting during golden hour, utilize your surroundings, such as, trees, buildings, or other items to create a fun flare & to block out some sun so it isn’t as intense.

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I am a mom to 3 littles- 5 year old boy, 3 year old boy, & 1.5 year old girl, wife to a husband who travels for work, & business owner of Mandi Johnson Photography. I started my business 4 short years ago after taking a few classes with the intention of photographing my first born. This hobby/new side business has grown into so much more over the past 4 years & has become something that I can say I have a true passion for! I love photographing my clients typically- maternity, newborn, fresh 48 hospital, family, children, & couples! But I also love capturing my littles on their daily adventures so I can embrace the chaos of our life & cherish it forever!\

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