Elle and her dad came over to the JCP Home Studio in Albuquerque New Mexico for a social media portrait session. She is going to have her own YouTube Channel in the near future and wanted a variety of different photos for showcasing in social media. We went through five different outfit changes and thus five totally different scenarios! Taekwondo is above!Read More
When having portraits made with your kids, why do things suddenly turn so serious? Do you ever stand bolt upright next to your kids on non-portrait days? That's why I like to makecandids even when using my portable studio portrait setup in Cape Coral, Florida like I did for these photos. These photos will make you smile and show your family's true personality and character more than standing side-by-side looking straight at the camera. I happen to know the people in this post just a little as it turns out, as it's my brother and niece and nephew!Read More
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Visiting from Ohio, I got a call about a beach portrait session from Jill who wanted portraits on Sunset Beach on Treasure Island Florida of all of her family, which included 8 kids and 12 people total! As you can see, all the kids were thankfully about the same age and they all got along so it was much easier than I thought to get all 8 kids in multiple shots over our nearly 90-minutues of actual shooting time.
The family wanted the kids to be the focus of the shoot, so most shots only featured the children. The kids themselves had plenty of ideas for shots and were willing to get down on the sand, which meant I also had to get on the sand to get to their eye level for the above shot.
He and I were both thinking the same thing when I suggested he give his sister a piggy-back ride for their portrait with the tall sea grass as a background.
When mom is willing to get on the sand and let her kids sandwich her, that is making a sacrifice for the photograph! I was on the sand too and was glad to have a chance to try this more dynamic beach pose.
My idea for this shot of a father with his three daughters I wanted to show all the girls surrounding their dad and being as close to him as possible. Dad was set first as the anchor of the group and then each daughter wedged in next to him.
I received e-mail from Carlos, a returning client about having a portrait session with his expanding family at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa Florida. I knew the park and liked it a lot, but had not had any chances to shoot there yet so I was excited for the opportunity, and was also looking forward to see his family again. I first photographed his family back in November of 2009 for his daughter's birthday party.
Now he has another daughter, a Christmas baby no less! The sun was strong at the time of the shoot, but using my 43" brolly I was able to manage some strobist shots into the sun. The biggest challenge, really, was keeping all three kids in the frame and kind of looking in my direction!
Here you can see the difference in jumping ability between sister and brother! In the background are some of the downtown Tampa skyscrapers. I used a single speedlight for this shoot as two speedlights would have been too much to manage in the busy & windy park without an assistant.
Christmas baby Juliet on a scamper across the riverwalk area of Curtis Hixon Park. I got low for this shot to offer a different view of the baby than most adults see of her from their much taller perspectives.
The University of Tampa is engulfed by the sun in the background of this portrait of sister and brother from one of the unusual platforms in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. I chose black & white processing as the sun was washing out much of the color in the shot anyway.
I really liked the park as a shooting location and was glad to have a chance to make more photographs of Carlos and his family!
When you travel with your camera, fun things happen. The photographs you make with your camera help you remember that fun years down the line. In July of 2002 I spent a few weeks traveling in the northen areas of Vietnam and met a lot of people and especially kids. My style of traveling is very slow paced, spending days just hanging out in random places. I am a shy person by nature, but whenever I have travled in SE Asia, if I just sit somewhere, inevitably people will come up to me and start talking.
In the above photo I was on a small guided tour doing homestays with hill tribe peoples in the Sapa Valley (perhaps the most pure place I have ever been). We did not stay with this family, only having lunch there. It was a restaurant really and rather busy. My backpack developed a rip in it and I asked this woman if she could sew it. While she did that I had my lunch with her and all those kids. While in Vietnam, I learned how to say numbers in Vietnamese, which allowed me to make a series of jokes about buying some of their farm animals, etc. It was a fun time with them and thanks to my trusty Olympus 2040Z, one of the first digital cameras, only capable of a 2MP image max (1600x1200), I have this photo to help me remember that time.
I was hiking down into the Sapa Valley on my own, as the pace of the guide with the three much older members of the group were taking involved way too many breaks. I was feeling the thrill of exploring an enchanted place and could not stop. Along the way I met these two girls who greeted me with, "Hello, candy?" This made me laugh. I told them sorry I did not have any candy with me. I think we shared some raisins together though.
To make this group shot with yours truly in it I set the camera on my bag with the self timer on. These kids belonged to the Black Hmong hill tribe and were tending to a water buffalo, who did not want to be petted, unfortunately. I still regularly wear the shirt and pants you see me in above, although in my increasing width, the shirt is seemingly shrinking. The G-Shock watch I am wearing, along with the Olympus camera that made this photo, were both, sadly, stolen when in Miami in 2003.
Another very surprising thing was the high interest in collecting plastic water bottles (empty). Whenever our transport vehicle would stop, kids would ask for any empty water bottles we had. You could also buy food and full water bottles from right inside the vehicle. As soon as you stop, boom, arms are through the windows and snacks are literally right under your nose for purchase! Very convenient!
This photo story is revealing a significant secret of mine, which is my feelings about the Sapa Valley in northern Vietnam. It is an absolutely incredible place. It is just so pure. The Earth seems younger there.
I spent about two hours just chatting with the girl above while I waited for my train to leave Sapa. Her English was amazingly good. She said she just learned by talking to tourists. I was impressed as none of my students back in Korea could speak English like her! She was talkative and I enjoyed listening to her tell me how she makes the crafts she does and just about her life in Sapa in general. I cannot remember what I bought from her. Perhaps a bracelet? I am very glad to have this photograph to remember her by.
These boys were on their way to the post office proud to have the responsibility of delivering a postcard. I had to keep retaking this photo as more boys wanted to get in the shot. They went on to the post office and I continued on into the Sapa Valley.