Great story off PetaPixel worth sharing.
Family life cycle photography can be a wonderful thing assuming A. you stay friends with the family and B. you live long enough to do the cycle. I’ve know this family before now Grandma and Grandpa got married, did their wedding and all 3 of the girls. Now doing the grand kids. Fun to see everything come full circle and in someways be a part of the family.
After using SLR’s and DSLR’s over the years you get use to the instantaneous-ness of pushing a button and getting – most of the time – the image you thought/wanted. Point and shoots have such a delay and now that smart/cell phones are taking over the process of taking a picture is not quite the compact moment we might want.
I got lucky today. Field of Hero’s in Westerville put on by the Westerville Sunrise Rotary group is up and running. This is their 6 year of this display. I don’t know the count on how many flags placed. Will get that info later when they have finished everything.
I’ve been shooting fun stuff on my Nokia 1020 and I have a class I’m teaching in a couple of weeks at the Orange Library on smart/cell phone photography so all of the flags make for a very powerful, colorful and graphic moment. Knelt down and tried to frame for a decent shot. Bright sun on any phone screen is a killer and today is a gorgeous sunny day with just the right clouds. Press the button and waited for the image to process – Nokia 1020 makes 2 files from the one image – and the result was enough to not want to shoot for the rest of the day.
Just the right moment…
Doing a good portrait takes a bit of time. You want your subject to be relaxed, you want to get to the time when you capture the essence of the person you are working with. The session should be light with a range of emotions that will give you a nice selection to present to your client. If all goes well the last part of the session will have the image you are looking for. Sometimes it is the last image. Sometimes the importance of the subject and their limited time allow only a few moments and very few frames to choose from. This is where skill, preparedness and luck come in handy.
Sometimes you have a difficult subject and not much of anything you do will change the who you are working with. Patient, perseverance and finding a subject they like to talk about are the winners.
Then there is working with a photographer. There is nothing to prepare for when trying to do a portrait of a photographer. They have been there, done that and you are at their mercy. Plan to shoot as quickly as possible and be prepared for most everything. The fav thing to do is a slight rocking motion to make focus impossible.
Then again, the first and last image could be great and well, everything in between is priceless. Call MasterCard.
I’m working on a video project interview photojournalist around the US regarding the changing landscape of photojournalism. Did a recent interview with Randy Dieter and Michael Keating in Covington, KY. Interviews with them were great and the portraits, well you be the judge… ;-]
Thanks guys, it was a great day…
Take one multicolored ‘parachute’ and a bunch of kids, mix well, stand back and enjoy. Last night while working – photographing – on Westerville Special Olympics practice over at Westerville Central HS I noticed a lot of color over in the corner of the field. WSO had all the ‘little’ ones over there with water games, ball toss and at the end they get to play with the parachute.
Fun time, great time… come out and join, support or volunteer…