With the start of the school year, this is a busy season for portraits for high school seniors who require a formal picture for their yearbook. This is also a great opportunity to take some different photos with props that reflect their personality and what they like. This week we took photos for Sam Morse. He wanted a dark background for the clothes he was going to wear. We set up the studio with only one light with a soft box and a reflector as a fill light. After we finished with his formal portrait we took some more pictures with a hat that he brought and also with some casual clothes. He was very happy with the end result. It was a great session.
As kids grow, it gets more challenging to get natural smiles. Somehow, once they turn five, they start to give you a "cheese" smile when they stand in front of the camera. That being said, it is really important to learn ahead of time what makes the kid happy, what makes him or her smile, what things he or her gets excited about. This information, along with a proper studio setup is key to a successful photo session.
The set up for this session was rather simple. To the right, I used a studio light with a softbox as the main light, a reflector on the left to fill some light and a light with an umbrella directed to the backdrop to create some separation between the kid and the backdrop.
A pre-consultation session with a client before a photo session is key to success. If you've never met before, introducing each other before the session helps both the client and the photographer to be more comfortable with each other the day of the photo shoot. If you already know each other, it is equally important to meet before hand and talk about expectations, style of the photographer and what the client envisions. What it is that motivates the client to get pictures taken. What he or she look to accomplish with the photos, etc. Some times a client doesn't know what they want, so, having samples of photos on hand and listening for your client's reaction to different compositions help to understand what they really want. All the information that you get from a pre-consultation meeting is really important to know how to approach the photo session and editing of the photos.
This headshot of Krista Anderson is one of the photos that we took for her real estate website, business cards and LinkedIn page. When we met, she told me that some of the characteristics that she wanted to reflect were confidence, approachability and professionalism. Krista is a Realtor in Massachusetts. If you are buying or selling property, visit her website at http://kristaanderson.kwrealty.com and contact her anytime with your real estate needs.
It is amazing how Linkedin has changed the professional market place. The way we project ourselves in our profile picture invites people to either click on our page or pass on it. This photo session was very exciting for us because our client had a specific idea of what he wanted to project with his photo. His ideas lead us to do a creative headshot session where we explored different backgrounds to achieve what he wanted to portrait. The location chosen to take the pictures was challenging. We had never taken pictures in the Boston Financial District area. And that came with its own challenges. We had to pack light because we were going to have to walk long distances with our gear. That means that we couldn't bring everything we usually bring to a photo session. But at the end it was a rewarding and successful session.
At the end this is the photo that we liked the most. The funny thing about it is that we decided to take it when we were done with the session and we were already packing. We saw an additional opportunity for a picture with a nice background that presented a very even light. We couldn't pass on it. So we said, why not? let's take one more picture.
What helped made this picture successful? At the end of a photo session the person being photographed is usually more relaxed in front of the camera and acts more naturally. And the photographer has a better connection with that person and knows what angles work best for him or her.
The photo session was great. We had a lot of fun. Our client was terrific. He was ready to try every idea we had, always with a great attitude.
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We are very lucky to have my mom in town to visit us and to spend some time with our kids. They are spending precious moments with her. This picture was taken the day after she arrived when we went outside to watch the kids playing.
When editing the picture I decided not to soften any of the wrinkles in her face. I thing she still looks amazing the way she is.
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While walking around town over the weekend, Luis started to take pictures of our kids running along the sidewalk. The sun was coming down, which made the light warm and beautiful. He took this picture of me as well. I though it would be perfect for my Linked In account.
This picture was taken at the Valentine's Day event we had with ColoresKids . Kids had a great time doing crafts and getting their pictures taken. We set up our portable studio with a white background and different props to choose from for boys and girls.
This is a portrait of Tommy we did for his family holiday cards. It turned out very cute. His laugh was very contagious.
To get this efect, we placed the Christmas tree in the back, a little bit far from where Tommy sat. We positioned a soft box on the right to illuminate him and a small strobe to bounce on the wall to get some light over the backdrop.
We photograph children a lot. But not very often we capture the relationship between twins. This year, how ever, we'd been lucky that we've had many twins among our clients. Yesterday, we posted a couple of pictures of two twins, Ava and Sophia. Today, we are posting a picture of another set of twins.
I have to say, we are very fortunate to have the chance to photograph children and to witness how great siblings relationship can be. We felt in love with these two twins when we took their picture. We didn't ask them to smile or to look at the camera. We set up the opportunity for them to show the love for each other without giving them too many instructions. The way they hug eachother and how they smiled came naturaly. That is our ultimate goal. To capture who people are and how they feel.
I have a project. I want to be better at black and white photography. I want to try to post one or two B&W pictures per week in this blog. And once I have tips, I will share them.
I'm not showing the entire face in this picture. In many cases, showing only a portion of the entire thing makes it more intersting. A flash wasn't used for this picture. It was at night and there was two dim bulbs in each side of the room. it appears like if it was taken in the middle of the day. The ISO was a bit high, the shutter speed was really slow and the aperture was wide open.
I had an opportunity to quickly set up a room with a couple of lights, a black backdrop and some fake color spider webs to take pictures for a Halloween party/custom contest. I used a total of three lights. A kick light to give a bit of a spooky filling to the pictures, a light on the back to back light the spider web and to provide a bit of a rim light and a soft box at camera right to fill up a bit of shadows produced by the light on the floor. The intention was to get pictures on the darker side and to edit them to emphasize the texture and the tonalities. Pirate Franky was the winner of the contest (congrats). Both, he and I loved the picture.
Our buddy Cory is a self-published author who has released one novel, Dark Shield, which is part one of the Half-Breed Series. It’s a young adult science fiction/fantasy. Recently we took a photo of him to use for his website and blog, and this is the end result.
His blog features a series called Wes Parker: Monster Hunter, which is a collection of stories following Wes as he hunts creatures of the night. Here’s a sample of his first post for the series.
"I don’t know why I get myself into these awful situations. There was a vampire in front of me and a vampire behind me, both eager to feed on my blood. It was a full moon, the sky was clear and the night was cool—a perfect night for hunting. Now these weren’t your now-a-days vampires that you could date and were pretty and blah, blah, blah. These monsters wanted nothing but to drink my blood and were very, very ugly. I personally like myself the way I am so I was going to try and kill them first."
To read more visit his blog cjpikebooks.wordpress.com. You can also find links to his book as well. The second of the Half-Breed Series, Vampire King, comes out on 10/23/13.
There is nothing more exciting for a kid that runing into a pile of leaves. They can play there forever if you let them.
This little guy enjoys blowing bubbles in the fall as much as he enjoys them in the summer. Well, actually, I think he enjoys them all year round.
These are some of our favorite pictures of a recent high school senior photo session we did in New Hampshire. Ally was great to work with. The location was amazing. We had a big variety of backgrounds to work with. I woyld love to do a photo-shoot there again any time.
One of the things I like about Fall is foggy mornings. The contrast of white fog in the background with the bright colors of the leaves in the foreground make beautiful and intriguing landscape
I like capturing intimate moments while people enjoy a experience. In this case, a kid eating a Nutella Sandwich. HIs face says it all.
This picture was taken in the late afternoon when light is warm. I positioned the camera in a way that the sun didn't lighted the kid's face, but instead worked perfect to get rim light. With the open aperture of 2.8 and the light hitting the metal benches, I got some bokeh in the picture as well as some specular highlights.
It appears Fall has arrived. We saw the first signs of fall when we came out and saw some of the red leaves on the ground. It got me excited. Fall is one of my favorite seasons. In this picture, we decided to only leave color in the leaves, and turned everything else black and white. This is a technique used to bring all the attention to the subject.
This picture was taken over the weekend at Winnipesaukee Lake. It tells a story of two seagulls figthing for a fish. The Seagull on the right caught the fish. The other one tried to still the fish but didn't succed.
We have posted before the importance of searching for shade when taking pictures in the middle of the day. Some times that is just not possible when action is happening right there in the sun and you can't move your subject to a shady area. That was the case for this picture when the kids where playing tennis. We still took the picture trying to get the face of the kid not directly lit by the sun to avoid hard shadows. The sun was on his back.