Aly Nickerson (@alygraphs) is the winner of the Alpha Female+ #SonyLife Challenge for this glowing self-portrait with her son. “This image was a self portrait I took with my youngest son to commemorate him turning one and our bond together,” she says. “Having a baby in 2020 was especially challenging with so many unknowns, so he was absolutely the light at the end of that year for me. The self portraits I take with my children are heirlooms for them to see not just how we looked, but how it felt in the moment.”
Photo by Aly Nickerson. Sony Alpha 7 III. 1/80-sec., f/5, ISO 1250
Aly Nickerson is the winner of the Alpha Female+ #SonyLife Challenge for this dreamy self-portrait with her son, which she shot with the Sony Alpha 7 III through a plastic bag.
Nickerson took a creative approach to this image to give it a dreamy, glowing look. “My goal with this image was to portray a glimpse into motherhood as if it was a memory. I wanted it to feel warm, dreamy and nostalgic. To enhance that feeling, I shot through a plastic baggie with a hole cut in the end. This gave an imperfect/foggy look to parts of the photo and also added interest to the window light. Shooting through a plastic bag is one of my favorite quick and affordable tricks to add variety to images. I used the interval timer on my Sony Alpha 7 III which is one of my necessary tools when taking self portraits.”
For winning the challenge, Aly receives a Sony ZV-1 camera. From now until January 9, 2021, post your best photo celebrating the Holidays on Instagram for your chance to win a Sony ZV-1. Follow and tag @sonyalphafemale and use #sonyalphafemale and #sonyholidays in your post for your chance to win. The winner will be notified via DM on Instagram and you can see the Official Contest Rules for details.