How to Shoot Like a Girl! Shirley and I will be giving a program on children's photography next Monday. Contact me if you want more info.
Last week (yes, I'm still about a week behind in my work) I was photographing Brandyn's senior portrait at a school a few blocks from his house because it had a hill to shoot him long-boarding down it. Well there were a few kids also there. As I was setting up this shot, it occurred to me to ask the kid to whiz past in the background. Timed it perfectly!
Thanks kid... whoever you are!
Some fun fotogs got together and we shot some fun girls with some fun outfits in a fun place. Did I mention it was fun?
Hey high school juniors... THIS is a whole lotta fun for you too, so when it's time for your senior pix next year... go to a second hand store, buy a prom or wedding dress, and rip it to shreds!
(Oh.. then come to US for your photo session.)
I try to reflect the wide range of interests my seniors are into whenever I can. For Nate's senior session, I think we did just that. From his soccer game, to his nice house , to a grungy alley, to an old deserted road near train tracks... we got it all! Check out the slide show to see a few images from his session.
We normally don't want rain during a senior's session... the WHOLE senior session. A short thundershower is great... gives us the opportunity for dramatic clouds and good lighting (not lightning). But this was an all day drizzle. The thing I dread the most. It's too wet to do anything in the grass, and too dark to do much with window light inside. Well, the next opening I have is late October and by then it'll be cold with no leaves on the trees.
So I advised Erin that we should proceed , and try to get whatever we can. We can always do more if needed.
It rained lightly the whole session, sometimes more sometimes less. But a light rain isn't really such a bad thing. It saturates the colors of foliage. Besides, I always use an overhead light blocker anyway that serves double duty as a rain blocker for her. I and the camera got soaked, but that's not a problem. I can wear a hat, and that's why we professionals pay $8000 for a weatherproof camera.
This was done with my new 85mm f1.2 lens (in the rain). It allows and encourages me to be freer with the composition (no tripod needed). Again, a $2000 lens gets you some perks.
(Sorry if I keep bringing up the cost of my gear, but new photographers are always telling me that they can't afford the necessary equipment. My reply is that if you want to be a pro, you need pro equipment to properly do the job you're hired to do. I have little tolerance for cutting corners... anywhere. I do WHATEVER it takes to deliver the quality my clientele expects.)
I envisioned Rebecca's scarf blowing in the wind. Well, the wind was coming and going, and when i wanted it.... it wasn't going. No problem Fuzzy sez... just get out my trusty wind machine, a Makita leaf blower. I had Rebecca's boyfriend Kenny run it while I watch the scarf blow. No dice. The leaf blower wouldn't lift up the scarf.
OK then... Plan B.
Put down the blower and stand just out of camera view, hold the scarf, then toss it gently. This is an old wedding bridal veil trick.
Voila! It worked!
Ya gotta make do.
I LOVE it when I get the chance to photograph something I've never done before. Years ago I even had a "Theme Portrait" contest whereby the person who came up with the best (as judged by viewers) idea got a $500 prize. I may do something like that again next year on this blog.
Anyway, Melissa does shot put and discus throwing. That's a first for me. So Melissa, the theme, the location, and the lighting I set up all contributed toward this fun image during her senior session yesterday.
I owned four of these 85 lenses over the years. I keep buying and selling them because I have other lenses that seemed to fill the bill. Canon's 70-200 f2.8 IS is so good, there's little need for a prime lens in that range. I do have a 100 macro for babies, and the 24-105 for the wider end. But the 85mm seemed to be unneeded.
Well, now I found a need. At f1.2, it's super speed is nice. But the depth of field is so shallow there that it's almost useless. So I stop it down to f2. I like it becasue it's more hand-holdable than the big 70-200 zoom. I bought it to allow me to mbe more "spontaeneous" and mobile.
That's exactly how this shot happened. I would not have done it with my zoom (which is more at home ona tripod).
At over $2000, it's not a tool that is easily justified. But a professional doesn't gauge a tool by how much it costs... but by how much it's needed to perform the job we're hired to do, and how much it can result in a return on the investment.