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Old 4th of April 2012 (Wed)   #1
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I've been approached to do a group photo and individual photos of approximately 9 high school senior orchestra players. They want to provide a photo to each senior as a gift and then present a group shot to the conductor as a thank you gift.

We will set up in the performing arts theater on stage (beautiful facility). I will be able to bring studio lighting. For the group shot, I think I'll just arrange them in a half circle and have them play something and try to get a shot where I have all faces. For the individual, I don't know if I should pose them or try to capture a shot in action? If I were to pose them, do I have them look at the camera and smile with violin, cello, bass in position?

Anyone done something like this and have an example of what they did?
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Default Re: Individual photos of Orchestra players

Google "classical instrumentalists" and get an idea with the search results via the images tab
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I always like to get one shot of each individual playing (so they are looking at their music or instrument) and then a general shot holding their instrument looking at the camera.
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Both great suggestions. Not sure why I didn't think of Google!!!
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Both great suggestions. Not sure why I didn't think of Google!!!

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Here is a gallery of what I do for the orchestra each year http://jprimages.com/performingarts/...stra/symphony9

I shoot the seniors using a white backdrop and two studio strobes, one down low aimed up at the white backdrop and the other off camera left.
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Here is a gallery of what I do for the orchestra each year http://jprimages.com/performingarts/...stra/symphony9

I shoot the seniors using a white backdrop and two studio strobes, one down low aimed up at the white backdrop and the other off camera left.
Very nice. Unrelated question" Do your 'ten packs' sell very well for you? This is something I had not thought of but will have to try out.
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Surprisingly I do not sell a lot of ten packs but I thought I would.
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Surprisingly I do not sell a lot of ten packs but I thought I would.
That's too bad. I will try it as it's either that or raise the 4x6 price. Thanks for the idea.
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I like both head shots of the musicians and actions shots. The problem with the action shots is sometimes they make really awful faces when they are concentrating on their music.

I usually do group shots, head shots, and "photojounalist" style action shots.
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