You might be tired of my posts about my best friend Krystal and her kids by now, but I’m not. I went down to Hantucky last weekend for a quick two day visit and to shoot some pictures for their family christmas card. I’ve been needing to practice my portrait skills because I want to be a well rounded photographer and I hadn’t really shot anything in a while so taking their family portraits was a good little leg-stretcher for me. We scoped out a few orchards on our way to get a christmas tree and finally landed on one right in time because the sun was going down, and fast. I immediately regretted not bringing my reflector because of the weird leaf shaped shadows and the fact that we were shooting into the sun at some angles. We made do with what I had and tried to keep all the kids sane and happy. Krystals sister-in-law Vienna was there to help with the kids and kept them pretty entertained. I loved a few of the shots but I realized after developing these how much I still had to learn about shooting not only portraits, but family portraits. Kids are difficult, and getting everyone to smile, without looking constipated or blinking, is a task in itself. Now I fully understand why portrait photographers go digital. It just makes more sense. I loved a few of the pictures that came out even though Krystal probably won’t use them (I can’t blame her), so I decided I’d post them here. The last two were candid shots but ended up being some of my favorites. Enjoy!
Tag: family portraits
The great thing about saying things, is that I can take them back later on.
I think it was sometime last year I proclaimed I’d never do portraits, right?
That was before my brother and future sister in law decided to finally get hitched and asked me to take some family portraits of them. I can’t say no – they’re my family, and I needed the practice anyway, especially because fashion photography has really caught my eye lately and I need to get comfortable shooting with people again.
ANYWAY, this past Sunday I swallowed my fear & pride and met up with my brother&Co for some typical portraits. Maybe its because before (way back in the day) I was trying too hard to go deeper with portraits, or I just didn’t know what to do, but this time around it felt more natural. My brother, his future wife, & my niece are pretty goofy by nature and somehow we ended up capturing a lot of that on film. At first I was hesitant about taking silly shots, but the beauty of portraits is that you’re going for substance not style, goofy was good for them. You can be the judge.
I honestly had a lot of fun shooting these with them, and I hope they can use some of them for their wedding, if not it was great practice for me. I forgot how fast you have to react when shooting live people, I’m so accustomed to shooting still life. All in all it ended up not being as bad as I thought it would be, I thought I’d totally ruin these shots but some of them I actually really like, plus it helps that I love Greg, Deniece, & Nini.
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