Hello again everyone,
This weekend I had an awesome time shooting photos for Angela and her 9 month old daughter Mia. Angela is a good friend and just graduated from a masters program. As a gift I decided to make some graduation portraits of her and while we were at it we would shoot photos of little Mia, quite possible the bubbliest and cutest baby I’ve yet to meet.
Angela chose the location, a nice park with a small waterfront and bridge near Woodbridge NJ and I went to work planning the shots. The graduation photos would be easy enough (or so I planned). A silhouette of her in cap and gown, a shot of her from a low vantage point with her at the top of a staircase or hill, a standing portrait and a cap toss photo.
For Mia, I thought of something more creative. I would shoot some shot of her laughing and drooling (very cute) and I had an image in mind of her sitting on gravel, with chalk drawings all around her. I also wanted to blow some bubbles at her and have them as accent specular highlights all around her in the image.
On arrival I found a nice shaded area to sit Mia in and got to shooting her. I wanted to be sure to shoot her first before she got tired or cranky or hungry or any other number of things that can go wrong when shooting photos of kids. Being so small I had to lay flat on the ground to get her head on. If the subject of the photo is a child then I try to get down and shoot them as they see the world. Shooting them from above makes them seem smaller than they already are.
After I got my safe shots done and out of the way I wanted to shoot my “vision” shot. I had Angela hang out with Mia while i went to work creating my chalk drawings I would use in my photo. For a final touch, and because my hand writing is terrible, I had Angela write Mia’s name in the drawings.
Being so small, Mia would need someone to hold her up so that she didn’t fall back and hurt her head on the concrete and the shot needed to be done quickly because it was hot and the pavement was even hotter. I switched to the widest lens I had in my bad, the 18-55 kit lens that came with my camera, mounted it on my tripod and framed my shot the way i wanted. I knew I would need to do some post processing to remove the distractions in the scene (the river to the left and grass to the right of the walk way). I shot the scene at a few different exposures and then had Mia and Angela get in the shot. In post I would remove Angel and the diaper pad Mia was sitting on (to keep her tush from burning up).
Very happy with this shot. Its exactly how I envisioned it!
Finally with superstar Mia’s shoot complete it was time to shoot Mom. Unfortunately by then Mia had grown quite tired and a little grumpy. So all of the shots I planned for Angela didn’t come true. We did manage to get the below shot though, with a gold reflector from the bank of the river with Angela standing on the bridge. Just a reminder that light has traveled thousands of miles to reach the earth, we can use a reflector to push it on another few feet. Flash isnt always the only choice.
All in all a fun shoot and images I hope Angela and Mia will love and hold for many years to come.
Thanks for visiting,