For portrait photography most people come to our photographic studio in Oxfordshire. However, on a recent family portrait shoot I travelled to deepest Surrey. The shoot was for a family with three kids, and they were easy to work with; great fun, enthusiastic, and happy to be photographed.
The family’s house had a verandah/porch with fabulous light.
The light in the verandah was mostly quite diffuse, but with a soft directionality in places. This image of the older girl shows that to perfection. I used a focal length of 75mm, equivalent to 112mm on a full-frame camera, which gives a very flattering look to portraits and helps throw the background out of focus.
I used the same location and camera settings for this portrait of the younger girl. Her expression was great; not quite smiling, and not quite not smiling. Because the image is a bit more complex, it works better in B&W rather than colour. The choice between B&W and colour is always interesting, and there are definitely some images that work better in colour than B&W, and vice versa.
The youngest child, a boy, was very excited to be photographed, but here I’ve caught him in a quieter mood by the main support pillar of the verandah. The garden beyond him gives good context, and frames his head nicely. There was a roof light which lit him from directly above, and acted just like a hair light in the studio. The crack in the pillar divides up the white area very effectively.
In this final image, I popped the kids down on to the doorstep into the house. The unlit room behind them gave a good dark background, and the front door had a fabulous texture. They were happily laughing and looking at each other, and the image really shows their relationship well. I had to increase the ISO a bit to keep the shutter speed fast enough, as it had clouded over, and I didn’t want to use flash. This is another image that works much better in B&W rather than colour.
So, a successful photographic trip to the wilds of Surrey, to work with a really interesting family.
To book your own portrait shoot ; family, couple or individual, just give me a call on 01793 783859.