Entries in Family (8)
The biggest problem with most candids is that people don't look as good as they could in them, often bad light, background etc. Often it's well worth compromising to get a real moment. The alternative on a shoot where you can control things is choreographed candids, of course you are not going to interfere with something like a wedding ceremony.
Here is some samples with comments underneath each image.
This picture is taken right outside my studio in Norway, I loved the cobble stones. It was hard to get a true candid without getting buildings and power cords through their faces. I think it is very important to have peace around their faces when they look at each other. Also wanted to incorporate the beautiful antique Mercedes so I planned the shot to be right there, but then have them start walking a bit before where I want my shot.
A beautiful wedding in Santa Barbara, the brides home is right up from the beach so the location is meaningful to her. It was hard light so a good time for interacting. So yes, I asked him to do what he is doing, choreographed again, but have a candid feeling.
The family picture is taken on one of Salt Lake City's busiest streets with lots of people around. using my favorite lens Canon 70-200mm 2.8 L. Going in a bit low angel getting some old pillars from a store entry as a background, a bit busy but work fine when blurred. It is all choreographed telling her to play with the baby and him turning back towards her.
Image 1. I had so much fun photographing my wife and our two daughters yesterday. First of all I'm not very good at taking pictures of my own family, so don't be like me. I sure enjoy the results and having them when I do. I have always been a shopper, and buy most of the clothes for my wife ( she doesn't like shopping!!!) and also more and more for my daughters. I wanted to take a picture of the 3 of them in clothes I bought them without them! They keep getting so many compliments on their clothing and when people ask: Where did you buy it the answer is often, my Dad/Husband bought it in Europe. Especially my 14 year olds friends have a hard time understanding that Dad bought it :-) Well here is my shopping shot, photshopped by my wife MaryLyn, all my girsl are awsome in Photoshop BTW. We left the hair light etc on top to give it a Polaroid feeling kind of, like it.
Image 2. has a good lesson to it. In this image of my daughter Lindsey, she is just standing waiting for the other 2 in her spot, I'm telling her I'm testing light and she is all relaxed and thinking, great mood, and I think the use of space where the other 2 soon would be worked well. You can get so many great shots of people when you test light, tell them you need to change some settings or whatever. They will so often do something relaxed and natural which will again make a great image, so always watch and click, click.......Have a nice week end.
I think this image speaks more then a thousand words.
Today I want to show you a simple but powerful two light set up for location. The image is of a Mother and son looking at a book together in a nice master bedroom. Main light is an Elinchrom 600 ws Strobe with the 53" Junior Octa my favorite soft box. The second light is a second Elinchrom 600ws unit with a standard reflector placed behing them to the right pointing up in the pitched ceiling. Look closely at the two slim detail crops and see all the second light does! It back lights, lights hair, over all fill lights in addition to lighting up the room evenly. Often simple ways make things look great. I did bring a carload of different lights, never know what you might want and need. Hope your summer is great. For us it has been the second busiest July in my 34 years as a Photographer. Not second most profitable, but second busiest :-)Main light only, Elinchrom 600 ws Strobe w/ the 53" Junior Octa my favorite soft box. Main light + second light a Elinchrom 600ws unit with a standard reflector placed behind them to the right pointing up at the peiched ceiling.
Today I want to show you our full page add in Utah Valley Magazine page 3. We wanted to promote studio family photos during a cold and snowy time. That it can be done nicely and comfortable inside InStudio. Of course I don't mind going out in the snow if they prefer so, after all I'm Norwegian ha ha.
Generally I believe in using just one image in and add, but felt like showing 3 styles, and size groups. I also hope people can feel the space we have to work with inside.Hope you like it, and that you are staying warm :-)
PS. I also have the cover and cover story in this issue, which add nicely to the add.