Recently, I made a blog post lauding the praises of the alarm clock and how important the early morning light is to beautiful photos. But, there are times when I hear a polite but resounding, “No thank you” to the early morning idea.
Allrighty then… How about a studio shoot? “Yes, thank you!” “Whew!” Can’t say as I blame them, and to tell you the truth – when a prospective client is given all the options with the advantages and disadvantages of each, and then voluntarily prefers to do a studio shoot, it can be a welcome relief to me. Not that I would ever want to become the next Olan Mills (bleh), and I hope that even my studio shoots have more personality and creativity than “one of those” places, but on occasion, it can be fun to totally control the light, and to have so many fewer worries with things like wind, obstructions in the backgrounds, logistics, unpredictable Texas weather, and the dreaded SUN!!This family let me play with a technique I’m trying to perfect. It’s shooting large families in smaller groups separately, and stitching them together to create a much larger, more detailed group shot. It also minimizes that “huddled up” look where everyong scrunches together and looks obligingly at the camera and smiles. I think this technique allows for a little more creativity to the look of the photo. I wish I could show you my favorite one – the one with all 3 groups of people stitched together in a beautiful panoramic photo, but unfortunately, there was an ADORABLE little 6-month old foster baby involved, and the agency told the family that pictures of the baby could not be be publicicized. So, I have to leave those of the baby out *snif* . And he is such a CUTIE too! He was an all-boy, 6-month old with little glasses and a sweater & corduroy pants! He looked like a baby Harvard professor. I wanted to die the minute I laid eyes on him! I love collaborating with the people taking pictures to come up with some photos that are a little less traditional. A little more creative. My family here was awesome, and when they left, I hated to see them go – and in fact, I found out that one of the girls knew Aaron in high school before moving to New Orleans. She was just home for the holidays, and thus, the family portrait.
Sunrise? Sunset? Studio? Let’s just have fun whatever we do