I mentioned in a previous post how much fun it was to photograph a family on a regular basis. Here’s another example…
A few years ago I photographed a couple of dogs for some clients, then their other dog, then their wedding photography (the clients not the dogs!), and then did a portrait shoot for their son’s first birthday. Well, he was two years old recently, and we had the pleasure of another portrait shoot with him. He was great to work with, with a real character developing.
For the studio images I used a single large softbox off to camera right. It gave a softly directional light which made for good light and shadow on the child’s face. I made sure I was at the child’s eye level for most of the images, as it made him more important in the frame.
Here, I’ve got just a little bit below his eye level. It gives an unusual viewpoint, because we are used to being higher than a child. He’s turned a bit more towards the softbox, which has given a more even light coverage with fewer shadows.
In this last studio image he’s happily playing with his toy, and the look of concentration on his face is super.
His head and arms make a strong triangular composition. In this image I’ve chosen to keep some colour, unlike the other images that I’ve converted to black and white. The low colour saturation makes the image have an attractive mood.
After the studio portrait session, we went outside for some location portraits. I wanted to get a shot of him on some steps but he didn’t want to sit there. I tried a classic bit of “reverse psychology”, and told him that he mustn’t sit on the steps. It worked perfectly; he immediately sat there!
The expression on his face was perfect. He thought he’d been mischievous, and I got a great shot.
All in all it was an excellent portrait session, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s.