Family photos, in my opinion, should fall into the category of “nice photos.” They are simply lit with one light or a reflector. They don’t look lit. They don’t look edgy. They have a very simple elegance about them. That’s been my aim, at least, for the majority of family shoots I do. I have experimented with ring flash but I find that it must be relegated into the realm of fill flash only in this context. As a main light, it’s just too much for this look. The look and feel of lighting is definitely worth paying heed too – especially for “nice photos.” Of the photos in this post, can you guess how they are lit? It’s tough to tell which was flash, reflector or just ambient? Watch the catchlights of course…😎
Also, when shooting siblings, I almost always try to shoot sets of images – similar photos for each member of the family so they look like a cohesive whole on a photo wall. It’s a nice technique for nice photos.😀
Well another Christmas Concert has come and gone. It was TREMENDOUS again this year! Such talent in Oxbow! Mrs. Jeannot did a fantastic job putting it all together and the kids stole the show with their acting and singing. I took the group shots again this year which worked very well. I was glad I could attend the production and nab a few photos from the performance.
For the group shots, I setup a triflash into my Photek Softlighter. It made for a good big group light!
But anyways, here’s the group shots and the candids from tonights performance. Bravo kids! You rocked the set!😎
Here’s the thing with the FujiFilm X100s camera. Color. It does colour, really, really well.😎 I’m not kidding. It nails colour in a gorgeous richness. My daughter had this amazing little dress on and I knew I had to capture that colour. So I grabbed yonder X100s, a flash on a stand and away we went. The above image was 1/500 f/2.8 ISO 100 via pocket wizard plus x. Every time I pick up that camera, I get stoked about the images that I peel off the card. JPG for crying😯 out loud! I’m thoroughly in love with my beautiful daughter and the camera that forever has frozen these images for me!
Back in April we had the big Dance Recital. It was great because my daughter was in it. And by that, I mean, I loved it even more because my daughter was in it. Miss Halynne did a totally rock star job with the kids, especially the littlest ones. It was neat to see all the different levels of experience. I know my daughter benefitted from seeing the older girls doing their hip hop moves as an encouragement to see what happens later in life with practice.😀 I did the group photos the day before at the dress rehearsal and also did a quick session setup for anyone who wanted formals done. It was fast paced maniacal gong show! But it was loads o’ fun and everybody looked super cute.😎
So grandma & grandpa bought the coolest birthday present ever. It wasn’t the new socks or garden tools, it was the “LED, light up, noise making, bubble-blowing gun of amazing times!”😀 We killed off our ambient light via switching and this was the product! It was super cool to see the bubbles go lit up by the sparkling LED madness. I thought, “hey, this is a fine time to test how the FujiFilm X100s focuses in no light.” And, I tell you it was a challenge! A challenge for any camera, especially when your auto focus assist beam is off. But just the same, the fuji focused and nailed the shots – not every time mind you, I was focusing in AF-S (not continuous) and the kids weren’t sitting still. I was blown away that the X100s even could capture focus at all let alone produce some keepers. It’s just another testament to the absolute gem that Fuji has made in this camera.😎
Another new first for me today! Our pals Dane & Lexi turned 1 not too long ago and, what better way to celebrate one year or life on earth than to smash a big ol’ chocolate cake into oblivion in a high key lighting setup?! I can’t think of any better way.😎 It turns out that both kids were somewhat terrified of cold chocolate cake. Reactions didn’t go as expected. I think we parents, knowing our kids, think that when encountered by a ginormous cake will dive right in with both hands and eat like its going out of style! We tried this with Ethan and he barely mashed into his cake too. Oh well! It was still loads of fun and contributed wonderfully to the laundry situation.😀
I also borrowed Regan’s Nikon V1 (again) and did a time-lapse of the whole event! Well, technically, not the whole event. Math never was a strong point of mine and I screwed up the first part of it while we were setting up the lights. hehehehe… :oops: I got it figured out though and put this vid together from still images taken every 10 seconds for the duration of the event. In one of the frames the flashes synced with the V1! Pretty awesome coincidence. It was a bona fide metric tonne of fun!
Every little girl wants to be a Disney Princess! At least on our crescent they do. Phoebe wanted to dress up like Merida from the movie Brave. The only hurdle was all of Merida’s lovely frizzy hair. Leaving her buckwheat braids in overnight created Merida – Lite. Couldn’t do much about the blonde at this young age.😎 Don’t know if I would change it anyways.
I was blessed to take some pictures of a very special little girl the other day. Cozi has a bittersweet baby story. There were two but her twin had severe health complications and didn’t survive. The emotions that accompany both having and losing a baby at the same time are nearly impossible to put into words. We look for answers to the big question “why?” – but there aren’t any. We know that our world is a place marred by death and iniquity, of which none of us is immune. At times of tragedy, the Christian Faith encourages us that our loving and gracious God sees things we don’t, works in ways we don’t understand, and by the gift of His cross and resurrection, has conquered death by death. We trust that the anger and sadness we now feel at the loss of a child will be turned into rejoicing and reunion in eternity.
When I was asked to take photos, instantly a photo came to mind. We wanted to be real to the situation to rejoice and celebrate but also mourn and be sad at the same time. This mirror image photo of Cozi wraps it all up as she and ‘Bella Vita’ are forever together in the photo.
+ Soli Deo Gloria! +
Regan’s birthday present finally arrived! She wanted some new bling and bling she got. To go along with it, I decided I’d take snapshots of everyone listed on the necklace . . . in black and white.😎 It’s timeless and awesome.
Jenni B had this pea pod costume and we simply couldn’t resist. First the “kunk” and now this, right?! I know, I know…😀 We’re suckers for kids in kostumes! Beautiful day, great light and this amazing little costume that is ridiculously cute. What else can a proud papa do but nab a few photos? Here they are of our little Pria the Pea Pod!