Aside from a camera, the most important bit of kit you can have for taking portraits

Silver photographic reflector

The reflector.  Mine have been with me all my photographing life (and they look like that have). I would be lost without them. On tricky light days they even out skin tones, soften the skin, brighten the eyes, most of which is desirable when photographing to please.

Get one.

Showing her to use a reflector in portrait lighting by Katie Vandyck

The late afternoon light here was fairly soft but the reflector took any shadows away from these (admittedly unflawed) young faces. The resulting evenness in tone makes the faces look even fresher. Thanks to the girls at Axtell Hairdressing in Lewes. 

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