Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Family Photoshoot on the Fourth
A dear acquaintance hosts extended family gatherings at her home and, for the 4th of July, asked if I would stop by and take a few family photos. They pretty much knew what they wanted so I didn't have the opportunity to get too creative, but I did suggest moving a large patio couch off of the patio, to which they replied, "We have a church pew in the garage." Yes!
This family has such fine looking young men and women. I mean, look at these gorgeous people!
I will now let you hear a glimpse of the voices of doubt inside my head: I feel like I am so new to this - honestly, photoshoots like these are outside of my comfort zone. I am not comfortable taking charge and issuing orders, a skill that I think a photographer should have. I think the poses here are pretty traditional and aren't very creative. And I am struggling with getting skin tones right in post-processing. But every time I do this, I learn something new. Which is why I do this.
Things that went well: I loved having the family pose outside. I set my camera to take repetitive shots quickly and, once people were posed, I just held the shutter down. I did come home with 950 shots (yes, really!), but, with that many people, there were many rejects (eyes closed, babies wiggling, etc.). I've narrowed it down to the best 100 and am in the middle of editing these.
And I was able to sneak in a few candid shots (my favorite kind of photography). I especially love the interaction between the grandmothers and their great, great grandbabies. Actually, this is why I do this! :)