(Woops no one in the family picture was looking… I failed… or did I? haha)
Art for my models vs models for my art
I think it was a couple posts ago that I was discussing how a photoshoot is a collaborative effort… or at least should be.
There are many things that impact the way people view your pictures… when you go to a beautiful spot, or have beautiful subjects people will be more attracted to your pictures … or if you put it to a theme everyone will go crazy for.
But that’s not my whole job in fact a lot of my job is… GASP… taking good pictures.
Dealing with whatever lighting I have been given that day, whatever subjects, whatever spots… and always bringing out the best possible for those situations.
So what about mid day lighting… where the group was so large I couldn’t just put a big diffuser over their heads and add in my own beautiful lighting by flash or reflector.
I went au natural and found spots that worked well.
And the day and the people and their personalities and the lighting and my lenses and my brain all worked together to come up with something that worked for them.
Bright shiny day… but we found a somewhat shady area and got a spot with the least amount of shine through and had people facing directions so it wouldn’t hit them quite as much.
I relish that I took what might have been a cheesy idea… and turned it into perfectly normal and good.
I threw in whatever they were doing… or pushed them to do stuff I could see them doing that would make the shoot a bit more funny and memorable.
I took several opportunities to run through the whole family doing individual portraits during the time… extra attention to Mom as well.
And for one of the run-throughs at the end I broke out the lights, to kind of play around.
I don’t suggest pictures like these (above) but If someone hints at it or starts to do it… then it’s gonna be done.
Break it down into smaller groups… or in this case… only somewhat smaller groups.
You’re done doing your normal pose… Direction: Do whatever you feel like, go crazy, dopile… etc
And I shot the whole day with my brand new 85 1.4 lens – Yes even this was shot at f/1.6
And then I do a bunch of BW conversions on a bunch of pictures
We do the fun stuff and the “cool” stuff