OK, so that's a corny title. (Have you seen my other titles? This one ain't no worse.*) Fall CAN be beautiful. It can also be ugly. Yesterday we had an outdoor engagment session scheduled. Do you remember yesterday? Cold, windy, rainy... all day. We had an opening today, but they didn't. Now we don't have any openings until next friday. Who knows what the weather will be? THAT'S the danger with planning a fall portrait. With high shcool seniors we ALWAYS suggest doing a split session, starting in summer and then doing fall pix when and if it works.
We've photographed Callie a bunch of times, and she came in to place her order today. Well, since we had GREAT color outside... let's shoot!!!
Over the weekend we taught at a new school for photographers in Austin, Texas. While much of the school focused on flash (and I use it about 50% of the time too), I'm more known for ambient light control.
So I showed how to not only control ambient light with reflectors, gobos and scrims, but also use ordinary backgrounds. When going to seniors' homes, I have to use whatever they have to make something interesting.
Here's something that I did in Austin with the underside of a throw rug.
Kids are always a challenge, but an equally rewarding subject. Hudson was an active two year old, but that's why i hired an expert on kids... Shirley. (She works cheap.) Seriously, you need someone to work with children in addition to the photographer because I can be ready at the trigger while Shirley gest the poses and expressions. She's AMAZING!!! That's why a two-person team is essential with kids.
We haven't found a kid yet Shirley couldn't cajole into exactly what we wanted to get. Ironically, the moms, dads and grandparents are the WORST people to have around during a session with kids. The kids know them too well, and know what pushes their buttons.
So we don't mean to be rude, but we usually have to tell thje parents to go for a walk. As son as they leave, we can work our magic.