Recently, while I was in Salt Lake City I had a chance to work with Sigma’s 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro [...]
Many times in my career I’ve had to work in locations I’ve never seen before. During that time I’ve had maybe 20 minutes to figure out where I’m going to set up my session. Whether I’m teaching a workshop/seminar or even with my new clients, it certainly gets my adrenaline working. This article is about the steps I take to make this successful.
First and foremost, the placement of my subjects has to do with the light as always. I’m driven by the quality of light available to me as well as the direction and location of where the light is coming from. Sometimes I will actually test out the light before photographing if possible so that I can see for myself what it looks like on the subject. I’m always looking for the light that will be the most pleasing for my client.
Most of my portrait work is all about photographing young children and their families. In most cases I have been working with these families for years. This session I’m about to share with you is one of my most recent.
Whether the age group of the children is between 3-5, or a more adult family like these three children ages 10-17 with their dogs, it’s always a challenge to come up with new ideas and expressions that tell some kind of story and reflect where they are in their lives. Most of my sessions are about documenting a certain time in my client’s life. With this family, Charlotte, who is now 17 is a senior in High School. My task is to create a senior portrait for her along with photographing the whole family and each individual child.
In most of my sessions, I’m always trying to stop the action of my subjects rather than show the movement. I would say the majority of my clients prefer to see sharp images of themselves and of their children. Sometimes the imagery, for me, feels a little bit static. So when I had the opportunity to photograph the Keeneland Races in Kentucky a few months ago, I decided to do something a little bit different and create some images with movement in them by slowing down my shutter speed to create the feeling of moving along with the subject. This creates a very soft image, but it still has enough detail that you can see what is happening. I found that it takes a lot of practice to get it right, or at least get close enough to create the illusion of movement. Recently, I have started to look for opportunities to do this in my work. As a professional photographer, I want to raise the bar for myself and be able to show my range of abilities by creating different effects in my work. Capturing the moment is still the most important aspect of my storytelling imagery, but how I do that is what I’m trying to change.
Working with people in general is such an honor for me. As a portrait artist, I photograph people of all ages. I can’t honestly say I have a favorite age group, although I do love photographing young adults and helping them to see their beauty as I do.
The ages of these young people included in this article vary from 11-19 years old. They are from different families and all share the same optimism that comes with being so young.
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I love to photograph horses. I think they are some of the most beautiful animals in the world. I enjoy the graceful way they move and the effortless connection they have with their owners–the relationship is just so special. So when the opportunity presented itself to photograph a young woman with one of her horses while I was in Kentucky during the Keeneland Horse Races, I jumped at the chance. The following images are from that session.
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