Well, I did it. I had my first ‘real’ photo shoot this week. It was of a friend’s three children. Overall I think the shoot went very well for a first time. It was outdoors at a park in the late afternoon. It was a time for print shoot. She gets pictures of her children to give as Christmas presents and I got to work on session skills.
It was lots of fun but I have realized I still have lots to learn about photography and portraiture sessions.
One of the first things I did was try and make a connection with the kids a la Tamara Lackey. Overall that seemed to go pretty well and I was able to get all of them to talk to me a bit. We took a few shots at a tree of each child. This is where I got them to laugh by having them saying funny words instead of the typical cheese. Then we moved over to the playground. And this where I lost the oldest. He decided that he didn’t want his picture taken. The two younger ones though were into the whole thing. We did a few more poses on a large rock with all three kids and then I had them go play. This is when I grabbed some of the best shots of the evening.
I did have to face the “cheese smile” with the youngest one a few times. But to get over that I would make her laugh or ask her a question.
I shot in aperture priority mode the whole time with the 55-200mm lens. I like shooting manual but I didn’t want to try and deal with shutter speed as well as getting a feel for how the shoot would flow. I did use my reflector for a few shots and in hind sight I should have used it for a few more. We wrapped up after about 40 minutes as the light was starting to go and the kids were getting hungry.
Things that I need to work on:
- Practice with reflector more
- Use the reflector more
- Work on seeing the light better in regard to shadows
- Get to know my reciprocals
- Continue working on posing skills
Things that I learned:
- I am comfortable taking portraits out in public
- I can have a vision in such situations and get it to happen
- I am able to pose/direct people confidently
- It was fun to do
- And finally that I need to work on my camera skills even more
Post processing was fun as well. I didn’t do too much, a few black and whites. popped the contrast up a bit on most. The ones that I really like though are the ones that I pulled the vibrance and saturation down just a bit. This weekend I am going to keep playing and do some textures I think.
My question to you is what was your first photo shoot like?
Anyway, here are a few shots from that afternoon.