Its always special when I can take photos of a family. And its even better when I can do it for a close friend like Randy and his family. Randy, another OC photographer has been a friend for many years, and I just talked him into a family photo shoot. It was an honor to capture some images that they can add to their collection of memories.
When you have been a families photographer for several years, there are a few elements that come in to play.
First, the awe, at how fast time fly’s by, and how quickly kids go from awkward, to grown up. When did that happen?
Second, the expectation of delivering great images, that show growth in skill and creativity.
Next, trying new things, new poses, new locations, so the family stays excited about the process.
Finally, that comfort of knowing how to get the smile, and when to press the shutter.
If you get all the elements together, in harmony, you can deliver a collection of photos, that once they are printed and framed, can make mom well up with tears of pride and joy, at her beautiful family, and the memories you helped to capture.
A few days before Christmas, my cousin Trevor and his wife Penny welcomed our newest family member, their son Lyric. We had a nice visit with the family yesterday and snapped a few photos. Family photos are a bit different, when it was actually your family.
Well, it may be a little late for Christmas Cards, but it doesn’t stop people from getting that last minute photo shoot in. The Saturday after Thanksgiving I was able to squeeze in a quick little shoot with Brian and Amy and 9 month old Emily. They made it easy on me and agreed to shoot at a park that is close to my house. You may recognize it from other blog posts. Brian and Amy weren’t the only ones out for a family shoot, we saw 3 other photographers with families at the park on this morning. I hope you enjoy this little collection of family photos
Debra and I were recently assisting another photographer on a project that involved Debra’s lovely daughter Sarah. Since we had her out anyway, we decided to start a little early and use my new favorite prop, the Triumph motorcycle. Here are the set up shots and a little explanation of how we got the final image.
In this underground parking structure, there were 3 roll up doors that I wanted to use as the background. The spot I chose to park the bike was directly under one of the parking garages fluorescent light strips.
I set up the camera on a tripod with a long lens and dialed in an ambient light exposure to start.
From there we added a light stand on both sides of the roll up doors, aimed towards the center door, with blue gels on Canon 600ex-rt flashes. And we underexposed the next frame a bit to make that blue really show up.
Next, we added a 3rd Canon 600ex-rt flash above and slightly in front of the bike.
Then we added Sarah for the next shot, and seasoned to taste for this image.
Happy with that image, but thought it needed just a little more kick, so we added a fourth light behind the motorcycle and changed the camera angle. This gave a nice lighting on the ground, and a very subtle edge light to Sarah and brought out a little detail on the bike for the image below. Start to finish was about a half hour.