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Dec 23, 2015 09:47 |  #1

Here's a shoot I did for a family's Christmas card. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.

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4. She was not coached into this pose at all. Total natural!

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Dec 24, 2015 08:47 |  #2

Mom looks a little camera shy...or perhaps just the ones you shared she's not looking at the camera.

I think I'd like the second one better if you were even lower. As close to eye level as you can get with the child.

The last one is very cute, great capture!




  
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Dec 24, 2015 09:04 as a reply to  @ agrandexpression's post |  #3

Thank you!

I've done a couple shoots with them and I think that's just generally mom's photo look :-).

Totally agree on the second one...I remember thinking as I took it, "I need to be lower," but I didn't for whatever reason. I still like this shot anyway.

That last one was just a random moment where she started wandering away and turned and looked back a couple times. So glad I wasn't in the middle of changing my lens or something.


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Dec 26, 2015 00:59 |  #4

Exprescions are s poo the on but hairline on 1&3 are hard to follow . Looks like subjects are placed in a background.


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Dec 26, 2015 14:46 |  #5

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Exprescions are s poo the on but hairline on 1&3 are hard to follow . Looks like subjects are placed in a background.

Gotta be honest, I have no idea what this means.


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Jan 12, 2016 21:35 |  #6

I like the idea of the 2nd one but I think you should have used your 135 for it.

3 has great light and I can see why you encluded it bc it really is a great expression but the pose is just not good. I would check out some family posing books or just look around. That spot had real potential with the light but also you had I little bench to work with.

I hate to sound like Im busting you up bc I know how hard family sessions are. Feel free to c and c my crappy work.


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I like the idea of the 2nd one but I think you should have used your 135 for it.

3 has great light and I can see why you encluded it bc it really is a great expression but the pose is just not good. I would check out some family posing books or just look around. That spot had real potential with the light but also you had I little bench to work with.

I hate to sound like Im busting you up bc I know how hard family sessions are. Feel free to c and c my crappy work.

No worries, I totally agree and appreciate the comments. I definitely could have done 2 better with the 135 and will remember that for my next family session. It was my first time doing that specific pose so definitely a learning moment.

On 3, it was kind of a spontaneous moment, they just set her up on the bench and she started jumping up and down. It was the mom's favorite from the whole session (she has it framed on her desk now) (she's a co-worker). I have other poses with the bench but I actually liked that one for the fact that it wasn't super posed. I do see what you're saying though.

Here's another one from that bench. I cloned out the lettering on the front of the bench, I was pretty proud of that :lol: I rarely use PS to be honest. The light was a little hot on the sides of their faces, but I had to change my angle relative to the sun because she realllly wanted those geese in the background.


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Jan 13, 2016 09:36 |  #8

It's crazy how she's not looking at the camera in any of the photos!

I sometimes have trouble getting people to NOT look at the camera and be more candid, but I imagine the opposite can happen as well!

Again, not your fault...like you said before, it seems that is her tendency.




  
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Jan 13, 2016 11:51 |  #9

Heres the time I shot that kind of look


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Mine is still not super but yaknow nothing ever is.


The one you just added is a better pose. I have a book on family posing and theres a big emphasis on grouping so its not a straight line of faces but rather putting everyone on a different level.

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Jan 13, 2016 15:26 as a reply to  @ DThriller's post |  #10

Nice shot! Yeah i have seen that advice on avoiding a straight line too, don't remember where. Something i try to keep in mind as i shoot but it will occasionally slip away.


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