This is one my favorite pictures of a family photo session we did recently. We fell in love with the intensity of the girl's beautiful eyes that are well complemented by the green background. It was taken outdoors, using only natural light and a reflector. This was a very rewarding experience. Her brother was very sweet and excited about the photo session. Emilie was sweet and friendly but she wasn't as interested about the pictures as her brother was, but she was intrigued. So, we spent some time walking around with her and her brother before we took pictures. We even saw them sharing some time with some of their friends playing outside. That helped them to feel more comfortable with us. They talked to us about their interests, their cat and details about the backyard. It also gave us an opportunity to scout the area, and to see the direction of the sun and the quality of the light. Taking that time with them was key. It was very important for us that this was a positive experience for the family. That ultimately is reflected in the results of the photo session.
Last night, while organizing and editing some pictures, I found this close up of our niece Mariana. I really love it.
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.
Here is an example of how pleasant defused light is. This picture was taken outdoors in a very bright day. The girl was sitting under an umbrella, which worked well as a light diffuser. The background is overexposed because the light outside the umbrella was much brighter than the light under the umbrella.