I went out and shot some of my friend's kids this weekend. I have really been wanting to get out and practice on people who aren't my kids, so I put it out there that I'd be willing to take some Easter/Spring pictures for anyone who wants them. I've had 4 of my friends ask me! Yay!
So the first set is of a 2.5 year old. He's not very fast, but is a bit of a wanderer. Took a bit of coaxing to get him to stay put.
The next set here, is a family with 7 year old triplets and a 3.5 year old. Super challanging for me. The triplets were all over the place. They were fairly cooperative once I told them where to stand, but they wouldn't stay in one place. They'd stay in the area, but not in the same spot.
This is a good example of them not staying in the same spot. The boy in the blue vest was suppose to be over to the left of the photo a little more
How do you deal with the dappled light? With 4 of them to get in the frame, I was having a hard time finding spots that were shaded evenly.
Sorry for the super large share! CC on whichever ones you'd like!
The one with the hat - I would just watch for how the shadow goes across the face.
The one with all the kids would probably try to find an area where the light is not dappled.
Then the last 3 - Love the catchlights. Would probably up the exposure ever so slightly or the iso.
Wow, good for you, asking friends to let you do pictures! I'm a long way from having the courage to do that, but your work with your own kids is terrific (my favourite thing is that you always nail the eye contact!), so great idea to practice on other kids!
I think you did an excellent job. My favourite is #1. I just really like the composition and bokeh on that one. In #3 the eyes pop quite nicely -- he has beautiful eyes. I think they might in #2 except for the bit of shade from the hat? I have had terrible trouble photographing my kids with hats on!
So impressed you did a shoot with triplets and a preschooler! Woohoo! #4 looks good even if the little guy in the vest didn't stay put. #5, yeah, just find a different spot is about all I could suggest. The spot you had in #4 was a good, even spot for lighting/shade, I think.
I think #6 - #9 are all really nice individual shots, just a tad bit dark perhaps. But nice composition and you got great smiles out of all of them -- especially #6. That little guy is way too cute!
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I agree! You did really great, wow! my faves are #1 and the last 3. In #1 the focus MAY have fallen on his legs/shoes, but not sure; it still looks awesome though. What time of day was it? I am doing the 1-year-old's pics this coming Saturday and am hoping for good weather, although I don't know how much we can do outside with a 1yo (the Mom is hoping to go to the park for it)
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Thanks for the feedback! I do have another that's almost exactly like #5, except the boy in the blue vest is hanging upside down from the tree (the smiles weren't as good). I'll have to see if he's more in the shade in that one. I think that was the only problem spot in that one, right?
Amy, I started with the first little boy at a little after 2pm. I think that I started with the older kids at around 2:45-3. I'm thinking that if it were later, I wouldn't have had the problem with the dappled light that was all over the garden. 1 year olds, are kinda slow, so I'd say if you bring a simple prop, you may be able to slow him/her down even more. Jackson's just over 1, and for their Easter photos, I brought out a basket with some plastic eggs in it. He sat still the entire time
After mom #1 posted the pictures yesterday, I got a message from her on FB to myself and another lady. Tuns out, this other lady is one of the faces from our local news station. She saw the photos, and wanted to know if I'd take some of her little girl! Eeek!
You did a great job Steph, esp. during what seems to be a difficult time of day due to harsh lighting conditions. Here's my CC:
#1) Very cute. Adorable expression and nice composition. The bright spot on the top of his head is kind of distracting, but most people won't notice that.
#2) Cute expression. His eyes are dead center horizontally in the frame--not such a bad thing though b/c you got his cute little hat. But I might have composed this differently.
#3) Catchlights are really nice. I think the lighting on the left side is pretty harsh, but I'm sure with a little guy moving all over the place that was hard to avoid. Could you edit the mark off the top of his eye?
#4) My biggest CC with this one is the placement of the girl behind the boy in the center--kind of looks like she's growing out of the top of his head. With groups like this you want to aim for kind of a triangle formation as often as you can. Never shot triplets before though! WHEW!
#5) Yeah, the dappled light is a bummer here. I think your best bet is to go for a better time of day when the sun is lower in the sky.
#6-9. I agree with Cindy, I would have upped the exposure on these a bit. Nice focus though!
1. MY FAV. Great shot- bokeh, color, and position is great.
2. hats are hard, but i think you did great.
3. looks more like a snap b/c you caught him offguard.
4 & 5. I would be happy if they were my kids. I think you did good. Hard, but good!
6-9, they seem a bit underexposed maybe, like their faces need to be brightened.
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I love the colours in these. So rich.
I like the composition, focus and colours in #1.
#5 the dappled light is distracting but I have a huge problem with that too!!