Different light-Different moods
Meet Eva Mae, a very energetic 6 year old with a smile a mile long. Our session started outside on a gorgeous day in Atlanta, Georgia around 6:00pm. I wanted to create some imagery using late afternoon light and use it to surround my beautiful subject in different ways. My purpose was to demonstrate various lighting styles to show how to create different moods with your subjects, even with children. Most of the time when I am a photographing a child, I will make sure I capture very lighthearted imagery. For myself though, I prefer a more introspective look to my work. My style is well defined and has been for years. My imagery is more about who you are, and not what you look like.
I used Sigma’s new 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC (OS)* Macro. This crop sensor lens is high performance and compact with a great zoom ratio. I found it very light and easy to work with. It also performed well in low light situations and produces very sharp images. All of the following images were created with this lens.
Using open shade with bounced sunlight from the cement on the sidewalk, I was able to capture an “even light” on Eva Mae’s face. Her laughter created the additional light in her soul making me want to laugh along with her. One thing I have learned is that your lighting style needs to match your subject’s expression. Having a nice soft even light on Eva Mae’s face is in harmony with her laughter.
One of my favorite lighting styles is “back lighting” which is sometimes referred to as “rim light.” It creates a halo around your subject and separates them from the background. It’s also a sweet light and gives your image dimension and sometimes a little bit of mystery. This little angel glows from within. That helps as well.
The light is now behind Eva Mae creating a more “side lighting effect” and softening the light on her face. Her mood has changed as well although it didn’t last very long. Working with children is a lot fun. I have learned to photograph very quickly in order to capture as many moods as I can.
In this image, I simply moved Eva Mae away from the sun light that was behind her and closer to the cement on the street. This bounced light was acting as if it were a giant soft box. Moving her closer to the light source softened the effect on her beautiful face.
This last image of Eva Mae was captured in open shade and I was ready now to create this one for myself. Her mother was standing behind her holding the flowers next to her face. I asked Eva Mae to be thoughtful for just a moment and her expression lasted less than a minute. Fortunately I only needed that one moment to create my favorite image of the session. I used NIK software to convert the image to Sepia and in Photoshop CS6 brought back some of the original color.