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03/01/2004 04:28:59 PM · #1
I did a portrait session today with two little kids.
I'd like to hear your feedback.
BTW, this was not just for fun, it was a paid job :)
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03/01/2004 04:32:07 PM · #2
Fantastic!
You have done a great job here capturing their personalities. You have good use of eye direction, and you have portrayed groupings of at least 2 shots in them that tell a story.
Nice and clear, and good use of light.

:)
03/01/2004 04:38:14 PM · #3
If you could bottle their 'cute & personalities'...your wealth would be fabulous!! I'll have a large bottle- please.
You really did capture their personalities. They seem relaxed and happy. I think they must of been comfortable with you and the camera. Great looking kiddo's!!
Really nice work Terry their folks should be happy to have this group to pick from. Congrats.
03/01/2004 04:48:40 PM · #4
I agree with KarenB and Justine, my only suggestion would be to vary the headshots a little since most I saw had the same chest-and-above crop...with such great little models I think the possibilities are endless ;-)


03/01/2004 05:05:22 PM · #5
Originally posted by GoldBerry:

I agree with KarenB and Justine, my only suggestion would be to vary the headshots a little since most I saw had the same chest-and-above crop...with such great little models I think the possibilities are endless ;-)


I actually agree with you. I like close ups and tend to do them most of the time. My other problem was that in their house there was no room for full body, and outside it was difficult to keep the surroundings at a minimum.
But yes, next time I will try for more full body shots.
03/01/2004 05:10:45 PM · #6
Originally posted by TerryGee:


I actually agree with you. I like close ups and tend to do them most of the time. My other problem was that in their house there was no room for full body, and outside it was difficult to keep the surroundings at a minimum.
But yes, next time I will try for more full body shots.


Sorry, Terrygee, I didn't necessarily mean fullbody, I think your full body shots were great! Some of my fave kid shots and overall 'portraits' [once again, a personal preference] are those that really get close - facial compositions...or even just shooting from a different angle, like from below or above. That's what I was alluding to poorly!
03/01/2004 05:20:57 PM · #7
I love these shots a lot and yet I agree with Lori about trying some more angles. With kids you can really get away with trying a lot of things because it matches their own unpredictability. Something that doesn't work as well with adults. It would have only been icing on the cake to include shots like that because these shots are so good already.

T
03/01/2004 05:48:22 PM · #8
Thought I would share this photographer's website with you. Here it is. I love Kelsh's creativity and use of lighting. I found it to be very inspiring.

T

Message edited by author 2004-03-01 17:50:51.
03/01/2004 07:18:09 PM · #9
Originally posted by timj351:

Thought I would share this photographer's website with you. Here it is. I love Kelsh's creativity and use of lighting. I found it to be very inspiring.

T


Those are cool...doubt I could have gotten anything like that, but they are very inspiring indeed.
03/02/2004 01:10:27 PM · #10
Wow...certainly can tell this is a brother and sister team. Cute kids nicely photographed. Here are my fav's: 9597, 9582, 9630, & 9642.
03/02/2004 01:50:03 PM · #11
my only suggestion is to get more to their level so the shots are not "looking down" on them as much.

I love the composition and lighting in them though - parents must be pleased!
03/02/2004 01:57:57 PM · #12
Originally posted by TerryGee:

Originally posted by timj351:

Thought I would share this photographer's website with you. Here it is. I love Kelsh's creativity and use of lighting. I found it to be very inspiring.

T


Those are cool...doubt I could have gotten anything like that, but they are very inspiring indeed.


Of course you can!!!! It's just a different style than what you used, it's not that you don't have the skill level. Different people look at different situations - well, differently! Kelsh's style is what I was referring to earlier.
03/02/2004 02:47:25 PM · #13
Originally posted by GoldBerry:

Originally posted by TerryGee:

Originally posted by timj351:

Thought I would share this photographer's website with you. Here it is. I love Kelsh's creativity and use of lighting. I found it to be very inspiring.

T


Those are cool...doubt I could have gotten anything like that, but they are very inspiring indeed.


Of course you can!!!! It's just a different style than what you used, it's not that you don't have the skill level. Different people look at different situations - well, differently! Kelsh's style is what I was referring to earlier.


Actually, while those shots are inspiring to a photographer, I don't think they are what the parents are looking for in a children's portraiture shoot.
Also, one hour is not a lot of time to capture those looks.
Some of those shots must have been an all day affair, waiting for the right "moment".
Of course my main goal is to please the parents and sell a lot.

BTW, I got an email today saying that the mom was thrilled and would have a tough time deciding on which to purchase. She is also going to send the link to her relatives. So all is good :)
03/02/2004 03:59:57 PM · #14
Those are really great. My only hang-up was that you clipped his head in a few of the shots.
03/02/2004 04:21:07 PM · #15
Originally posted by TG73:

Those are really great. My only hang-up was that you clipped his head in a few of the shots.


I cropped it like that on purpose.
03/02/2004 04:45:49 PM · #16
I will add to the "great work" notes.

The only thing I didn't like is some of the high angle shots, shooting downward. Nice lighting
03/02/2004 04:50:54 PM · #17
Originally posted by TerryGee:

Originally posted by TG73:

Those are really great. My only hang-up was that you clipped his head in a few of the shots.


I cropped it like that on purpose.


And it looks awesome, very flattering.
03/02/2004 05:05:25 PM · #18
I'm curious...I've heard from many now about not shooting down on the kids, but why?
I know you should never shoot anyone from below them as it is not flattering to see up their nose..lol
When I worked at a kids studio chain(picture people), one of the five set poses was a high angled shot looking down on them.
I would assume that these portrait studios test what angles sell best for parents.
I also personally think it adds to the smallness and cuteness of little kids.
So, what are the negatives?
Which photos in particular?
So besides being at their level, how should you shoot them?
Any examples would be appreciated.
Please don't take this as being mad, I am simply trying to see what others see. It's the best way to learn.
03/02/2004 05:23:04 PM · #19
Originally posted by TerryGee:

I'm curious...I've heard from many now about not shooting down on the kids, but why?
I know you should never shoot anyone from below them as it is not flattering to see up their nose..lol
When I worked at a kids studio chain(picture people), one of the five set poses was a high angled shot looking down on them.
I would assume that these portrait studios test what angles sell best for parents.
I also personally think it adds to the smallness and cuteness of little kids.
So, what are the negatives?
Which photos in particular?
So besides being at their level, how should you shoot them?
Any examples would be appreciated.
Please don't take this as being mad, I am simply trying to see what others see. It's the best way to learn.


I don't think it's a matter of simply ruling OUT angles and what not. Any angle can be flattering, shooting people from below can be an awesome shot if done right, which just takes a few practice tries and knowing how to position the 'model's' bodies. There are awesome looking-down shots on kids, it's all in the photographer and all in the shot composition...a tight crop is a safe bet if you're particularly unsure..

Message edited by author 2004-03-02 17:24:06.
03/05/2004 07:43:29 AM · #20
BTW, I just thought I'd report that the mom ordered her prints. She ordered 6 different poses with sizes varying from 8x10 to wallets.
03/05/2004 07:50:00 AM · #21
Terry, I love the photos from your portrait session. You did such an awesome job with this. Any parent would be proud to have these pictures.

Congrats on the print purchases!!! :-)
03/05/2004 07:50:40 AM · #22
Originally posted by TerryGee:

BTW, I just thought I'd report that the mom ordered her prints. She ordered 6 different poses with sizes varying from 8x10 to wallets.


That's awesome!!! If that isn't success I don't know what is. :)

Do you do nude sessions? I'm looking for something for the front of my Christmas cards next year. LOL!!! :) (just kidding, people!)
03/05/2004 08:09:06 AM · #23
They look really great! Like everyone else said, you captured their personalities. Great Job!

I'm still trying to calculate actual printing costs and researching all options. How do you provide the prints?
03/05/2004 11:25:13 AM · #24
Great shots, Terry. And cute kids.
03/05/2004 11:51:10 AM · #25
You've got some good shots there Terry :) You might want to try *ilovephotography.com forums* for guidance/feedback/ideas on portrait work. That site is geared primarily towards children's portraiture...though several amazing fine art portrait photogs participate there as well.

Good luck!
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