It’s the “regular guy” thing again!
As I’ve mentioned before, it’s a real privilege to photograph the same people over a period of time, especially kids. You see how they’ve grown and changed, and the shoot is easier, because you’ve photographed them before.
At a recent portrait shoot, two brothers and their respective families, came along. I’d photographed the family of one of the brothers twice before. With the other brother’s family it was the first time I’d met them.
On their previous shoots I’d gone for a natural style, with diffused lighting, so to keep the same look and feel as the previous images, I did the same for this shoot. Here I’ve concentrated on the girl’s eyes, which were slightly accentuated by the angle I chose.
This image of her brother uses a similar technique. With this sort of image the conversion to black & white really helps simplify the image, and in each case I’ve used a long(ish) lens (80 mm equivalent) to throw the background out of focus.
I didn’t need a black and white conversion here. The boy’s skin tones were fantastic, and it would have lost too much of the colour contrast with his blond hair. Again I’ve used a long(ish) lens to simplify the image. He was great to photograph, with a really good “resting face”.
Here you can see the difference between looking down on a subject and being at their eye level. In this image I dropped down to his level, and to me he looks a bit older because of that. It’s much more of a “moment observed”, as he seems unaware of the camera. Once again the black and white conversion helps to make the image stronger. I didn’t need the colour contrast, and didn’t want the green foliage in the background to distract.
His brother was really fun to work with. He was asking “Why?” to everything, and was very lively. He had a very expressive “active face”, and a great grin. This image, of him looking off camera, caught his personality well.
So, all in all it was a great shoot. I look forward to the next one!