Get Lost in These Captivating Natural Light Portraits by Cristina Hoch


Spain-based photographer Cristina Hoch has a knack for shooting portraiture. Also a Biology major at the University of Granada, Hoch has been taking photos since 2009, improving one photoshoot at a time. Some of her most poignant work is her portraiture, which are rich in environment and color, giving off a strong-willed vibe through the subjects.

In speaking with Lens People, Hoch says her incredible portraiture work is simply the result of her fascination of photography, nature, and the way light can inspire her to capture such beautiful imagery. Without much time to shoot between college and other responsibilities, when she does have an opportunity to photograph someone, it’s usually a friend or family member, as they make for the most convenient subject.

For gear, Hoch uses nothing more than a Nikon D3000 and a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 – a simple, but proven setup for portraiture. As for the post production that so often gives her images the strong tones and rich contrast, she says she uses Photoshop CS5, using curves and adjustment layers to illuminate the image where needed and sharpen up the image just right. “Love high contrasts and low saturation, that is all,” she shared with Lens People.

Below are a number of portraits Hoch was kind enough to share with us.








If you’d like to keep up with Hoch and her work, you can do so via Tumblr, Flickr and Instagram.

Image credits: Photographs by Cristina Hoch and used with permission

  • [benwa]

    Who says you need fancy lights!

  • Christopher McRae

    Captivating is the perfect word. Beautiful photos.

  • Jorge León

    it’s not the arrow…

  • maverickmage

    I’m starting to get tired of “pretty model with interesting freckles” shots.

  • Jigsaw

    And I’m tired of people who can’t appreciate beauty for beauty’s sake and have to judge everything based on novelty. I can wear a turd for a hat, which would be quite novel and creative… but that doesn’t make it good.

    Every person is unique, so is she and worth a photo or two. If you are tired of looking at certain people portraits stop looking at them. Easy as that.

  • seorasx

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  • maverickmage

    I had to think a while trying to find a way to respond to this since I wasn’t sure if you’re being deliberately obtuse, naive, or if I just misunderstood what you wrote.

    First, I don’t have a problem appreciating beauty. I did say the model was pretty. I also never said that she wasn’t worth taking a picture of. I was commenting on the artistic ability of the photographer, not the model… so I’m not sure why you’re twisting it around to make it sound like I’m bashing the model.

    Second, the whole pretty model with freckles have been done to death, particularly in recent years. To put it bluntly, it’s gotten to the point that it’s become trend following. Heck, under the Similar Stories links, I see another picture that pretty much looks the same as this one. A pretty model with freckles.

    To me, asides from the model being pretty with interesting feature, there’s nothing more to the pictures. It’s pretty boring and doesn’t stand out amongst hundreds of other similar pictures that I’ve seen.

    You say, “if you are tired of looking at certain people portraits stop looking at them”, I say if this post was titled, “Portraits of a pretty model with freckles using natural lights” I probably wouldn’t have clicked on this link.

  • LF

    stop hating dude

  • Filip Wolak

    Who says you need fancy gear! Awesome

  • seorasx

    I don’t see any ‘hate’ in maverickimage post, just the basis of some analysis. The next part of that analysis is then to question and quantify ones take on the images and see your thinking stands up.

    The ability of the photographer Hoch is sound and is following a contemporary meme. One is I think quite legitimate in highlighting the photographers undoubted focus on the freckles (within a fashion genre), going by the small selection here.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    Is it just different lighting or are some of the freckles removed? Not complaining, actually, just curious.

  • herzco

    The images are fine without the over-sharpening and over the top lightening of the irises of the eyes. I look forward to the end of these particular trends. They certainly don’t feel very natural to me.

  • Ridgecity

    Due to overproduced photography some fashion agencies are looking for imperfections like these to show something different. I think it’s kind of cool since these people would be treated as outcasts in our regular life. More power to flaws!!

  • David Vaughn

    I would also like to say that it’s hard to avoid these types of photos when they’re always being pushed by both large and small photoblogs.

    It’s not like I actively seek out these photos so I can “bash” them.

  • Justin Kroger

    In nature you don’t usually find humans with glitter on their faces wearing fairy wings… What is so wrong about using photography to take you to a supernatural place? I appreciate these photos because it takes time to produce, they aren’t snapshots, they are meant to evoke specific emotions… I probably wouldn’t much like to look through a portfolio where everything looked plain and simple, or “natural,” but to each his own.