I had a photo shoot this weekend. It was cold and windy, but mom really wanted to get some holiday pics in before Christmas, so I was game! Her girls....ah, not so much! One girl really liked me, but the other did NOT! I work with the mom. I tried everything I knew to do. Jump up and down, act like an animal, talk sweet, show her pics of my family, playing mickeymouse, sang mickeymouse, ahhhhhh! I did the best I could. Here's some pics from the shoot. I need some honest CC b/c mom is wanting these ASAP. Thanks ladies!
ALL ISO- 400
1. Youngest girl didn't like me. This was about the only way to get her to smile. I know it's not technically correct, but I personally liked this shot. What do you think?
allie2web by sadiequalls, on Flickr
2. 1/500, f/3.2
a1-5x7web by sadiequalls, on Flickr
3. 1/400, f/3.2
a4-wholeweb by sadiequalls, on Flickr
4. Too bright? I tend to edit b&w's too bright....
allie3-5x7b&wweb by sadiequalls, on Flickr
5. 1/160, f/5.0
fam2web by sadiequalls, on Flickr
6. Forgot to watermark...whoops!
1/60 () f/7.1 (freezing by this point and wondering how to get her to smile!)
fam3-5x7 by sadiequalls, on Flickr
Very cute! I don't have much CC but wanted to say I love #3 and 4! I think they look great. Maybe brighten the faces in #6? otherwise that one is great too!
These are great! Love your door. My fav of the bunch is #2. Cute. It might have been nice to see her hands in a more natural position, but otherwise it's really nice.
Not a fan of the BW. Red never seems to convert very well. Yes, it's overall too bright. Also, it's just a shame that she's not looking at the camera because we have no connection here.
Wife to Rich~ 8/16/03 Mom to Nathan~ 9/30/07
You got some really nice shots and I'll bet mom is super happy. We are always so much harder on ourselves than the families we shoot.
Here's my $0.02 worth ...
1. I think you worked well with what you were given. you might try getting a little lower next time so that we're not looking down into the frame. I think that would make the interaction with mom seem more intentional.
2. very sweet shot. she's centered both horizontally and vertically, but it still works pretty well here. hat looks blown, but it's not too much so.
3. this is one of my favorites and it doesn't look like the hat is blown here - I can still see plenty of detail.
4. I'm a fan of high contrast b&w, so it doesn't look too bright to me. You might make the darks, darker though. that will up the contrast, but like I said ... I'm a fan of that style.
5. sweet moment w/ mom and her girls. the bright light in the background draws my eye a little. You might try burning those areas to tone it down some.
6. very cute! I'll bet mom loves it even w/out the smile. were those all your holiday props? they're really fun and I just adore that door!
Another great set, Sadie!
On #2- how would you crop it. Mom loved the wreath and door, so I wanted that in the pic. Play if you would please!!!
On #5- I did burn the background. I did it like this: ALT+ create new layer, change to "overlay" and check the box below. Then I used 100% opacity and painted over it with a black box. Is there a different way? I would love to know b/c I have a tendency to blow backgrounds and distract from the person/people.
As for props- funny story actually. No, mom brought the wreath, stars, and a couple other things. I take these at an old abandoned peach shed. The shed belongs to the lady we bought the house from (VERY small town) and she gave me permission to shoot there. The door was laying there, so we grabbed it, and proped it up. I liked it and she did too!
that door rocks!!!!
quick CC and then back to work for me (it's midnight here, I should go to bed instead)
1. I actually like this one. bummer that she wouldn't smile like that while looking at you.
2. did you shoot in RAW? if so, you can edit a second version in ACR to recover the hat. I really like this one, centered and all.
3. very sweet!!!!! colors look great here
4. yep, too bright. would love to see it in color.
5. love how the older girl is looking up. I agree about the bright background. I either process twice and mask in the re-processed background or I do a select on areas like that, and use curves to bring it down some.
6. seems cool and a little dark to me. I mean, it LOOKS cold there. you should warm and brighten a bit.
you did good!
Gwen, Mommy to Andrew, Jordan, Natalie & Jack
My blog - all things family, photography and crafty
These could all use a little warming and a little pop. Dont be afraid to push the colour a little more, you have some great captures and with a little editing they can be taken to the next level. Its very late here, so if your interested in my steps I can post tomorrow, i really should be getting to bed.
5257304019_dd54d691f5 by Andie7a, on Flickr
5257304003_00cb59c703 by Andie7a, on Flickr
Last edited by Andie7a; 12-14-2010 at 01:57 AM.
I don't have time to properly CC, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your door. Can I borrow your idea for next year? I have two old doors from my house in my garage that are just sitting there...never, ever even thought of using them as a prop! Awesome!
YES! Anyone can borrow the idea. I had the idea a loooong time ago, when a lady at our church had two doors hinged together and I thought, that would be soooo cute out in a field. This mom thought of it this time b/c we found it laying there. We propped it up and she loved it and so did I!
Gwen- I'll have to look at how to process it twice. I think you sent me an email, but I couldn't get the steps right.....(Imagine that!) Yes, I did shoot in RAW...ALWAYS!
Andie- thanks so much! Sometimes I feel that when I pop the color too much, it makes everything really red. Maybe it's just me though. Your edits look great! Thanks. I am always interested. I work in PSE though.....
Andie, I'd be interested in hearing what you did on your first edit...