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Child portraiture

Sister Portraits in the Park

Sisters are funny. I know for a fact that this particular set of sisters have been dying to do some portraits in a park for a while. We met in the evening atRobFlemingParkin The Woodlands to do some sibling portraits. Originally there were to be three kids in the pictures, but the youngest, a 3 year old boy, was in no mood for portraits.  With that said the focus ended up on these adorable sisters.

We moved to different areas of the park, trying to keep the still moderately high sun out of sight, hiding behind the many trees in the area. The great thing about doing portraits atRobFlemingParkis that there are so many different types of backgrounds waiting to be used.

The older sister seemed ready for her pictures with great smile and very expressive eyes. The younger sister suddenly became reserved in front of the camera, but still made a beautiful model.  Both sisters were very different in front of the camera, but that is what made this session very unique.  After the session during the editing, these differences really led to different post processing styles as well. The more reserved sister seemed more appropriate with the selenium toned black and whites, vs the other one who I used lots of vibrant colors with.

It was when the two girls were in the same portrait did they really come alive. The girls were hugging each other while laughing and smiling and even running all over the park together. These two were great fun to take portraits of. I love being able to capture that youth and innocence in a child’s portrait. I also enjoyed seeing two sisters who really loved playing together as well. They had a good time, and I did too. Maybe next time we can get that youngest sibling in the pictures too!

serious girl brown tone

girl sunset portrait thoughtful look

happy smiling girl sunset

hugging sisters in the park

Speedlite Portraits at Sunset

My son wanted to go outside and sit on the deck the other evening, at sunset. I decided it would be a good time to try out my new gels that I bought for my speedlites. I put one speedlite on the banister angled to shoot up to the white porch ceiling, above and in front of my son. With a yellow gel affixed to the speedlite,  the light bouncing off of the ceiling would be even and slightly yellow, which warms up the skin tones a bit. The flash was on a low power, so that it would illuminate the foreground with my son, but allow the beautiful sunset in the background to remain an  integral part of the portrait as well. With the aperture open wide, the pine trees in the background became very soft, but still distinguishable as pine trees. This sunset portrait with a speedlite is interesting just because there is so much in the image for your eyes to take in.

The next three portraits were made using the same general principle, except this time the speedlite was directed mostly towards, a little in front of,  the subjects at an angle relative to the camera.  Once again the flash head was on a low power. The little girl is the daughter of a close friend, and it was nice to get to take pictures of the two kids together playing.

You can see in a few of the portraits, that there is a bit of movement visible, but the faces remain in focus. That is caused by using a slower shutter speed,  but the critical points of focus are frozen by the emitting light of the speedlite. You can see in the progression of the pictures that we were losing more and more light. However, the light in the background from the sunset is still vibrant and colorful.

It’s not often that we have great sunsets like these, but Im glad I could capture some great portraits with a single speedlite to make them precious!

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Boy Sitting in Chair for a portrait at Sunset

Portrait of a girl at beautiful sunset

boy looking at camera in sunset

Portrait of a small girl at fading sunset

Pictures in the Park, Spring

I had the pleasure of taking pics of these three boys on a lovely evening not too long ago, in Spring, TX. The prints from this session were to become a Mother’s Day Gift, so the boys were dressed in suits and ties, on this warm spring day. We headed to the park where there was an easter egg hunt in progress, so there were people everywhere. We started taking pictures out of the way on a grassy hill, which is where all of the below images were taken.  The contrast of the bright green grass against the suit and skin tones, was perfect for these individual shots. Each one of these boys had distinctly different personalities, and it was tricky to get them working together for group pictures. We then moved to the edge of a small lake, where I took several pictures of the three boys looking out over the lake.  For these two settings, I used natural cloudy light, with fill from a single reflector.

After the crowds started to dwindle, we moved over to a small stand of trees, where another member of the family would join the pictures. This is the first time I had to do a session with multiple subjects, and a dog. This little spaniel was well-behaved, but made things a little more difficult to coordinate all the boys and dog in their places at once. It was challenging, but fun all at the same time. I was quite happy with the pictures that I walked away with, but I must admit that these individual shots are my favorites.

In post- production,  I adjusted the color, and increased the contrast a bit. These three pictures didn’t require much, because the faces really spoke volumes about these boys. The silly, the shy, and the teen!

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Portrait of children in the park

Photo of Children at Mercer Botanical Gardens

I took this photo at Mercer Botanical Gardens, not long ago.  My friend and I wanted to take our kids somewhere different, so we decided that Mercer would be a nice change. Neither of us had been there in a while, so I was surprised to see how much had changed.

My son is rather shy when it comes to other children his age, and it takes him a while to warm up, even to his friends. We were walking  up some stairs, and the little girl needed to hold her mommy’s hand for stability. We were looking at the different plants in the gardens, when we approached the second set of stairs to go down to ground level. My son offered his hand to his friend, and this was the split- second photo I took of the children holding hands.

Of course the settings on the camera were not where they were supposed to be, and the background was completely blown out, also there was only partial mottled shade, light shining through the trees, for lighting. Not Good.  I couldn’t miss this opportunity for this picture, so I took a few before the moment was gone. Even knowing that the settings were wrong and the photo was going to be too bright, I thought I might be able to save at least one  image, since I didn’t have time to mess with the camera.

In photoshop, I converted it to black and white, and exaggerated the details a bit. Then I softened the entire photo to give it a demure painted look. It’s definitely not the best photo I have ever taken, but I was at least able to salvage a somewhat other unusable image. With that said, the photo still has a fairly high sentimental value to me, which is why I have posted it here on my blog.

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Children walking together in The Woodlands for a portrait

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Christmas Pictures


These were actually part of Jack’s Christmas pictures. He was in a terrible mood, and cried part of the time, but after I handed over my glasses, and he started to cheer up. Who knew that would make him happy? This was a simple lighting setup. One strobe and one full size silver reflector for fill. The hardest part was keeping the boy in front of the background!

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I tried and tried to get my son to wear his costume before Halloween without much luck. I finally got him to wear it on the 31st long enough to take some pictures. He was in rare form.. Extremely cooperative and happy to be in his monkey suit.