Flower Girl In Training
As one of our first projects, we are looking to perfect the art of Flower Girl photography and bring this to our local neighborhoods. Shooting with an older Canon 50D and simple 15 – 85 lens, a handy Speedlite, we grabbed the best prop EVER. A bubble machine. Not only does this make for some great backgrounds, it entertains the kids so you get those un-posed excitement creased cheeks that are a delight to capture. Of all the photos we got, this one is my favorite – not a great view of the schnoz… but one that shows beautiful crazy. I have included the classic portrait image in that gallery below.
I suggest doing bubble shoots either in the late afternoon or early morning. With the sun at a good 45 degree angle you will get a great contrasting light that will shoot through the bubbles and give them that ring of color you want. Our next go will be in the early morning with a daybreak scene on the beach. If you have dappled light, try and position your child in the sun to help with camera shake and give you a good amount of light. If you have a flash – use it on Fill Flash even when shooting with the sun. If you don’t, you will end up with a lot of harsh shadows on the face, and under the eyes. The Fill Flash should be just enough to take those away so you don’t end up looking like a Jason Halloween mask.
Now if you are using a DSLR, try and use about F8 and give some space in between the kids and the background. You want to use the larger aperture to get your child in focus, and then the background out of focus (blurry). Especially if you are shooting against leaves or housing. Busy backgrounds will detract from your subject. You can go larger, but then making sure your focusing is good will be important. You may also start to find that their face is in focus but their hands and arms aren’t. Kids move around ALOT. Having a slightly bigger depth of field gives you some flexibility.
Last but not least – have the sun behind you and facing onto the kids faces. If it is too harsh move either left or right. Unless you are a pro and have a great camera, having the light behind the subject will cause lens flares (not necessarily the good types) and could play around with your light metering causing the subject to be under exposed and very dark. If you must shoot this way – use a Full Flash to try and balance the lighting.
If you are a parent and want to learn how to take your own great family portraits, stay tuned to our blog as we walk you through our photo shoots with hints and tips.