As I mentioned in my previous post, things are starting to come together business wise and it’s truly exciting! Indubitably! Sorry, I felt like that just fit there for some reason. Anyway…this weekend, we are going to shoot (doesn’t that sound terrible??!) a young couple with an 15 month old son. I’ve never done any professional photography with little kids but I’ve always wanted to so I can snap their pic then pinch their chubby cheeks! I know I know, I’m quite the professional chicka! I’m hoping we can capture some of the foliage around them but most importantly, I want to capture their personalities. How do they interact with each other naturally? I want that to be a staple in my work and what people come to me for.
But wait, there’s more! Next weekend, I get to photograph my friend Kelly and her fiancé Rick. This is the one that I’m really looking forward to. We have been best friends for 12 years and like all friends we have had our ups and downs but in the end nothing can break our friendship apart. I’m also part of the wedding party, so hellooo, I have to do a kick a$$ job! We’re going to a small town in Massachusetts called Northampton . I love this town! It is so eclectic and has so many old buildings and bright colors. Plus, the couple is cute themselves so that’s a bo-nus! I’ll be posting pictures from both of these sessions so be on the look out! Do it!!
Here’s a picture of Kelly and Rick. I was creeping in the shadows with my camera and caught them having a moment. Can we all say, aww!! Oh, and lets ignore that fact that I was at full on stalker status at that moment in time!
My very good friends, Thom and Heather, are expecting their first baby this coming November. Congrats you guys! I can’t wait to meet baby Logan! This obviously called for a photo shoot since Heather is so cute pregnant! It was beautiful outside this weekend so we decided to go to a park nearby and take some pictures of the mom and dad to be.
The one down fall about shooting on a gorgeous day is the sun! It can be your best friend or your worst enemy. It’s challenging but also a really great crash course if you need to learn how to manage the settings on your camera. It is best to take pictures in the morning or late afternoon as the sun starts to set but if you must go midday here are some tips to help you out:
- Increase your aperture! It’s better to underexpose your picture than to overexpose. It’s very difficult, if not impossible, to correct a blown out photo than to increase the exposure in your post-processing in Photoshop or Lightroom for instance.
- Don’t be afraid of the shade! Use what’s around you; a tall tree, a covered bridge or a pretty gazebo. Not only will these diffuse the intense sunlight but they will also add another element or background against your subject.
- Low ISO! I leave my camera on the lowest ISO setting, which is 100. Some cameras can get down to 50…I will one day own one of them. But for now, just think, as low as you can go!
- Use your flash. This will diffuse some of the dark shadows on their faces or under their eyes.
Pat also got some great shots in his studio last night. Take a look at his blog!
Here’s what we came up with yesterday. Such a happy couple. I can’t wait to spoil your kid.