Portland-based photographer, David Iliyan, demonstrates how to use different natural light situations when shooting an engagement session.


We came across this great Engagement Photography Series by Portland-based photographer, David Iliyan. The series consists of a few short video clips, each demonstrating how to use different light situations when shooting an engagement session. I don’t know about you, but I always learn and remember something better if I can actually see it vs simply reading an explanation. This is why David’s series really works, not only do you see the end result in images, he also shares theย process and his thinking as he shoots. Making it easy to understand why he might position the couple in a specific way in relation to the sun for example. If you are looking for a great way to improve your wedding, engagement or portrait photography in general – David’s tips on natural lighting is a great place to start.

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The series will consist of 10 episodes in total, the first 3 of those have been released and we’ve shared them with you below. If you’d like to see more of his work you can find David on his website or YouTube channel, be sure to hit subscribe if you get a chance. You can also follow him on any of the following social channels: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterestย or Instagram.


Day 1 | Sunny Day Backlighting

Day 2 | Soft Light in Mid-Day Sun

Day 3 | Find the Perfect Light


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