Light is Everything!

Posts tagged “Family Portraits



I’m fairly behind in these photos & post. Like 2 months behind. LOL Oh well, the time truly does fly. But our little FlowerPot Baby is 2. So I was told to get some updated pictures of the little gaffer. So here they are. Just to warn you, she’s ridiculously cute. ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s the BTS photo geek information about how I made these photos.

First of all, these were all shot in harsh, direct sunlight. Very bright conditions. So the name of the game with harsh light is control followed by redirection. This is where your secret weapon, a collapsible scrim saves the day. I set mine up on ย c-stand because it’s basically a huge sail on the windy prairies. This provides a very nice softbox-esque light quality to the subject. The next thing is to make sure you have a contrasting background that won’t blow out as you increase your exposure. No sky. Find some trees or shrubs for better results. So using the scrim, the light is controlled & soft. But if you want more volume of light, you can easily do that by firing a flash through the same panel. It gives your images more pop if you want that look. Although, if you’re shooting at shallow depth of field, you’ll need to use high-speed sync with your flash. I used the scrim alone for some of the shots then additionally redirected some light back in via a flash & umbrella. The light panel scrim gives mucho nice catchlights in the eyes all by itself though. This setup really gives a light and airy look to the photos. ย So there you go. Quick and easy portraits in full sun. ๐Ÿ˜Ž




The Power of Print

Printing photos is awesome. Bigger the better. We just rattled off two 19×13 prints this morning at Pa’s print shop. The end game for these will be stand outs but I couldn’t resist a sneak peak. ๐Ÿ˜‰ These are from Pria’s yet-to-published newborn set. Photos taken with the iPhone. (Not the prints, the photos of me holding the prints.) hehehee… ๐Ÿ˜‰ As you can tell by the background, Pa is into big prints. They are how photos are meant to be displayed. Get your print on!

Flowerpot in flowers. What else?

My Babies!


Everyone likes babies (at least in theory and not at 2AM). ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here’s some shots from a recent newborn & family shoot I did. The next generation of leaders and workers who will pay my old age pension! Can’t beat that! ๐Ÿ˜Ž ย My advice to the world is to have lots and lots of babies! Young people population shortage is a major problem. Plus, they’re cute! ๐Ÿ˜†


Pregnancy is an uphill battle to be sure. The human body goes through amazing changes yet it’s nothing short of miraculous when you think about it. A new life is being created and brought into this world. Not much can really compare with it. Photos help lock in the memories but they also must convey the essence of maternity: Expectation. Hope. Excitement! ๐Ÿ™‚ And, graphically speaking: Shape. Contour. Softness. 8) That’s what I had in mind when I set out to do my latest photo project, maternity photos.

Trina, my model (and her lovely family), was absolutely beautiful. Fortunately for me, it’s impossible to take bad photos when your subjects are this good. ๐Ÿ˜€ We had a really good time making some photos and trying a bunch of different things that are typically not quote-unquote “maternity” photos. We did some nice soft ethereal window light stuff but I also did some edgier stuff that was more typical of glamour shoots. The light was hard, edgy and low-key, but I think it all worked in the end, especially in black and white. The whole shoot was done inside mainly because the weather was no longer cooperating with us. Read on below the gallery for photo geek info. 8)



Good Times in Grenfell

Went up to Grenfell on Thursday night to celebrate my niece’s 2nd birthday. Howz that possible?!!? Time flies when you’re having fun. While I was there I was also taking some family photos for the Duryba clan and my other sister in law. Some sweet strobist portraits to liven things up a little bit. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was super happy with the way everything turned out. I was trying to make use of what wee bit o’ fall we had left in terms of colour and we nabbed it before it was too late.

Photo Geek Info: Umbrellas were the name of the game on this shoot. That and a beauty dish gold reflector combo for Hailey’s shots. For the Duryba’s family shots, I wanted to meld the flash with the ambient so it looked as natural as possible, filling in the shadows while making use of all that glorious back light and colour. I gelled the SB-900 warm with a 1/4CTO gel which worked perfectly. Same with the Beauty Dish. It was shot during golden light so the warm gel and the gold reflector worked superbly. Can’t beat golden light. It’s my absolutely favourite time to shoot. But, you have to be quick. The light falls very fast so moving quickly is a necessity. I’m always shooting manual with flash so knowing the settings before hand is a bonus before the real shooting begins. TTL would always work but I prefer having supreme control over the light and knowing exactly what it is going to be doing. 8)

Photo Madness!

Today was reminiscent of our Fight for Fonstad Foto Shoots as I had a bunch of back to back sessions today. It couldn’t have been more fun, even though the wind blowing my umbrellas all over creation, despite being weighted down. ๐Ÿ˜ณ Luckily I had some great up and coming photo assistants hold them for the last 2 shoots! 8) ย Family portraits was the name of the game today, before and after a family wedding. Everyone’s gussied up and lookin’ good, might as well grab some photos. So I had my guerilla lighting kit and away we went. It was super fun, even got the dog lit up! I always strive to get everything as close to perfect in camera as possible to streamline the editing process and it helps a metric tonne. Much can be learned from the old film photographic legends who were careful and thought things through on the technical end. If you do, then you simply sit back and start rockin out the shots! That’s where the real fun begins! ๐Ÿ˜†


Grad is Rad

Grad! The latest crop of the brightest and best of 2011 has arrived! A very exciting time to say the least. The whole world awaits the new ideas, discoveries and contributions these young people will make. And we photogs get to take pics of ’em! How rad is that? It’s super rad! 8) And, it’s a great excuse for some family portraits too. Seriously, when is it not a good time to take pictures? ย . . . if you answered “at the Grad Party” you’d be right. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Congratulations T.J. and all the whole class of 2011! We’re so proud of you! ย May God bless you and keep you now and in the years ahead! ๐Ÿ˜€