Saturday, May 04, 2013
Spring has sprung, which means that the tulips of Sherwood Gardens are struggling up through the cold earth, heralding the return of spring with brilliant colors, and quickly being trampled into green mush by my young portrait clients. Ah, the cycle of life!
Shooting has been good this spring. I recently spent a couple afternoons doing mini portrait sessions in the park with families and their young children, shooting lots of unscripted moments (i.e. kids hiding in the azaleas, rolling around on the manicured lawns, climbing the cherry trees and generally scandalizing the dignified membership of the Guilford Association). I usually prefer shooting outside to working in my studio. Outside, I can let children be themselves, as opposed to posing them in a spot dictated by my lights and studio background.
Speaking of which, let me just get up on my soap box for a minute. Most people seem to want the perfect family portrait, where everyone is nicely posed, looking at the camera at the same time with a nice smile. And I guess there is a place for that, but take a look at the series of portraits of the Belbot kids at the end of this post. Those kids are laughing, goofing off, and generally being their own fun selves. And years from now, those are the photos that will put a big smile on everyone's face when you break out the family photo album. Those are the photos, in my opinion, that you should enlarge and put up on the wall. Ok, stepping off the soap box now...
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