Well, this weekend wasn't an entire bust, but it was very disappointing. I offered a friend/acquaintance in our neighborhood a free photo shoot of her three-week-old daughter last week, and we agreed on Saturday morning, between 8:30 and 10. I spent Friday and the weekend purchasing/setting up props, crocheting cute beanies, etc. Then, Saturday morning, she never showed up, called, or emailed me. I stopped by her house later that day. She apologized, said something had come up, and we agreed to reschedule for 4:30 that same day. The time came and went, and she finally called at 5:30 to postpone, saying the baby was gassy. She rescheduled for 2:00 on Sunday. She did make it finally, but we only did a short session. The baby was a little sweety and very cooperative, but she pooped about a half-hour into the session. I offered mom a diaper (size 6!--the only one I had left over) and some wipes, but mom and grandma decided to take her home to change and feed her. I can't imagine why they'd go out with a newborn and not bring diapers! I'll be sure to stock a few supplies for future newborn sessions, just in case. Anyway, I basically blew my entire weekend waiting around the house. I'll be glad when/if I can charge clients a deposit.... Oh well, rant over.
Like I said, I got just a few shots. I'm going to re-edit these and the others (as I just learned how to use the healing tool and she had a lot of baby acne) but I would love some feedback. I've tried to reduce the blue tones but don't know if I'm in the ballpark colorwise.
All were shot with my 35mm lens at 400 ISO, SS 160-250, F/2-4ish. Thanks for looking!
#2 (I lightened the nipple coloration. The family seems conservative/traditional, and I didn't want to overemphasize, but I felt that I needed a bit of her body in the shot.)
#3 (My favorite pose. Yes, I know focus fell on the hat instead of her eyes, but I tried to sharpen the eyes and blur the hat edge a bit...)
#4 (I don't think I like this one much. Her head just looks odd at this angle.)
#5 (This one I'm going to re-edit using the heal tool. I wish eye contact were better, but I think the focus is better here.)
#7 (I just got a few basket shots before we ended the session. This isn't great, but it's the best I got. I didn't care for the color, but it seemed nicer in BW.)
#8 (Slightly different crop)
#9 (Conversion of #1)
DS: Tyler 4/19/06
Ugh, sessions like that frustrate me and you! I am glad you still got the opportunity, but I wish it would have been in your time. And shocker on no dipes and wipes? Really? That's odd...very odd.
1. This one is probably the best focus wise. My cc on this one is you are too close. It's almost like there is some distortion going on with her face and neck.
2. this one doesn't do anything for me. It's just an odd angle I feel.
3. I do wish the focus would have been on here.
4. You are shooting straight up her nose here. This one doesn't work.
5&6. I like the b&w conversion on this one better than the color!
7&8. I like the basket ones. Honestly, these are my favs. Looks very old-timey.
Thanks, Sadie! I agree with all your comments. I'm going to chuck the up-the-nose shot--it bothers me more and more. I'm just so bummed about this session. I'm not going to do any more until I draft text to give to parents about what to expect, what to wear, etc. I really think, in this case, that mom thought I was going to snap two or three pretty pictures, and no more. Oh well.
DS: Tyler 4/19/06
How frustrating for you. I recently did a newborn session where baby was really cranky would only lie in one position and just hated every minute of it. turns out he was very sick and went to hospital that night and stayed for a week. I did, however get some very good, if unimaginative and repetitive images
I like #1 and your conversion of it.
#2 is odd to me. Until you mentioned her nipples, I didnt see them and thought she was on her back. I think its the neck and the wrinkles there it just looks strange.
I like the colour and the lighting though.
#3 is nice, even with the focus issues.
#4, up the nose, not flattering.
5 & 6. I like this shot. those lips are so cute!
the basket shots are sweet.
YAY for practice. I know it can be a little disheartening when things do go as planned but hang in there.
Thanks, Cazz! I'm definitely going to chuck #2 and #4. I just have to remember that every chance to shoot is a learning experience.
BTW, I found plain black t-shirts at Wal-Mart for under $3. I bought a medium but might buy a small and large for moms and dads to wear. I found the furry black mat and used a curtain for the black background. I really want to practice with the black backgrounds more--it was fun!
DS: Tyler 4/19/06
I love black backgrounds. If you can't tell.
Its a great idea about the t-shirts. You might try tank tops or even a dark grey if you are going to try newborns again. Working with black on black is not easy. If I am going to shoot someone I always ask they not wear black, sometimes falls on deaf ears but!
Sorry to hear your friend made you wait around so bit, you got some good shots in your mini session, hope to see some of the re-edits.
* Amanda *
Wow...what an ordeal! It definitely gets much better when you start charging a deposit. It doesn't have to be much either...you are totally qualified to charge a $50 reservation fee.
#1. It's nice...but is missing pop some how. I'm not sure about the composition...eyes are really close to the center of the frame.
#2. Nipples look weird. Would have been better to swaddle if the nipples were a concern. Also...it's just too close, arms chopped...no room around the face. I would have pulled back.
#3. Yup...blurry. Bummer, but I'd toss it....or try to steal in focus eyes from another photo.
#4. Up the nose shot.
#5. Still too close. You've composed with the eyes in the middle of the frame again.
#6. BW is too dark.
#7. Focus is an issue in this one...as is lighting.
#9. Eyes...middle...of....frame. Hard to think about rule of 3rds with babies...but it's still important.
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