Ingredients: dollar store fishing pole, Gymboree hat, Papa’s sunglasses
Location: Nana’s Pond
Equipment: Nikon D800, 24-70mm lens. AB800 used for some pics, natural light only for others.
- If a location isn’t working, move.
- If you have to lay in the mud to get the shot, do it.
- Shoot from every angle (above, below, side, front, back), both orientations (portrait/landscape) and a mix of full, 3/4 and close up shots
- If you have a Facebook page, take a few shots that can be cropped for a cover photo
- Incorporate meaningful props. I will treasure the pics of little man in Papa’s fishing sunglasses.
Things I learned:
- You can’t put your light at a 45 degree angle to your subject if that means it is resting in 3 feet of muck. Well I guess maybe you could, but I don’t recommend it. Next time I will put more thought into the location and how I will position everything.
- Love that smile on my Robby’s face? Promise him Twisters.
- Having a vision is great and all, but if things don’t come together exactly as planned, you can still get great shots.
- I need more practice with OCF
Tressie Davis is a portrait photographer located in Chelsea, MI. Portrait work may be viewed at www.tressiedavis.com.