I am, and always will be, a student of light! Most days I can find absolutely gorgeous natural light to work with. But sometimes a shot needs a little extra “something”. During this fun shoot with James & Ashleigh and their beautiful daughter, I started photographing this story-telling scene with all natural light. But the exposure value on Larkin was the same as James & Ashleigh’s. Even though the shallow depth of field made it clear that Larkin was my main subject, James & Ashleigh were competing for my attention. So to make them recede even more into the background and make Larkin really pop, I used a single SB-800 on my light stand off to my left to give her that extra lift. I didn’t pump it up too high…just enough to give her a little extra kiss of light and make her the true centerpiece of the shot. As always, the remote flash was triggered with a RadioPopper Px remote. Next time you’re out shooting, try adding a kiss of light to add extra depth to your shot!
Posts Tagged ‘Family Portraits’
I had a really fun time photographing Shelley, Chris, and their son Logan last year. So I was ecstatic when her Mom called to ask me to photograph the WHOLE family. J It was so beautiful, peaceful, and un-crowded out on my favorite stretch of Folly Beach. One of the joys of my job is getting to know folks as we walk to and from the beach…hearing about all the interesting things they do, their amazing accomplishments, their passions, and what’s important in their lives. I’m so blessed to be able to do what I do!
I met Holly while shooting assignments for her at the Charleston Regional Business Journal. We’ve been friends ever since and I’ve had the pleasure of photographing her and Clint’s family for several years. Originally it was just their 4-legged kids, now they have a beautiful 2-legged one too. J We met at the historic Boone Hall Plantation just down the road from their house. The early morning light was just perfect and we had a great time roaming the grounds and stopping for different shots. At one point, when I had everyone set, including 2-dogs and a 1-year old girl, this huge (think grayhound) bus slowly wanders down the famous Avenue of Oaks that was my backdrop…and proceeded to stop right behind us to let it’s FULL contents of elderly tourists out behind us!!! How inconsiderate was that? They could have just as easily pulled up 15 feet closer to the mansion and been out of our shot! But that’s the fun of working in a public environment. We rolled with the punches, moved on to a new spot, and came back to that one after everyone had dispersed.
Yesterday Cami & I did a fun “Dual Photo Shoot” with our good friends Robbin & Leighanne of Robbin Knight Photography! We went out to Folly Beach where we took turns photographing each other for our respective Christmas Card photos. First Robbin & Leighanne would set Cami & I up with our golden retriever, Marley, and photograph us. Then we’d do the same for their family. It was a BLAST and we had a lot of fun trading who was shooting, who was watching “the kids”, and who was playing with the squeaky toy. Afterwards we took the dogs, the kids, and our tired selves to a dog-friendly restaurant on the island and had a great time relaxing on the patio with the cool evening breeze and wonderful conversation. Here’s a couple of my favorites of the Knight gang. You’ll have to wait until Christmas to see ours!!! J
The last time we tried this, it started to rain as soon as we began our walk out to the beach. THIS TIME, Dawn & Chris pulled up on the most beautiful day you could imagine! After having to reschedule their previous session, they deserved it!!! J The light was warm and beautiful, the temperature wasn’t too hot, and the beach was relatively un-crowded for a Friday evening. I had a great time with them and their two fantastic children. As we were walking back after the shoot was over, Chris exclaimed “This wasn’t NEARLY as painful as I thought it was going to be…you actually made it kind of fun!” J
I photographed Jacci & Scott’s wedding two years ago. It’s hard to believe since I remember their Big Day like it was yesterday! So imagine how excited I was to hear they had started a family. They were coming back to Charleston for vacation and asked if I’d be willing to do a few photos of them. Are you KIDDING?!? It was so nice to see them again, catch up, and meet little Jack. The really funny part is, they were married at Sunrise Presbyterian Church…and Jackie & Chris’ wedding last weekend was at the same location…coincidence?!? Hmmm….