It’s been a busy couple weeks. With Phyllis of broadcastingbaby.com we’ve continued our partnership to offer packages that include the photo shoot and holiday cards and have managed to have a couple weekends of great shoots. The great thing I love about this time of year is the great variety of shots and personalities I get to work with.
First up, we have the Mahony brothers. When I was their age, a family portrait meant getting dressed up (in an outfit that my mom deemed appropriate) and trying to smile and look natural in front of a backdrop. With these brothers we get to walk around, take some shots and hopefully have a bit of fun. I try not to force things when I’m shooting kids and teens. If I push ’em too far or try to force something that’s not for them I loose them. My goal is to make them look cool and have them walk away thinking “that wasn’t so bad”. Here’s the shot we got last year and I’m happy with the shots from this year.
This year I shot Annabelle, Lilly and Charlie again. Mom always does a great job of making them look great for the shoot. Getting three young kids looking cute, at the camera, at the same time takes a bit of luck and a small miracle. The great thing about shoots likes these are the stolen moments. The cute pic of all three ends up on the Christmas card, the other ones help us remember the fun.
With most family portrait shoots I start with the “safe” family shots, then the safe brother sister shots and then I set ’em free to have some fun.
In some cases it takes a while to get people to relax. Let’s face it, when a stranger points a camera at you and asks you to look natural – does it feel natural? Not for me. My goal is to get past the point, or at least get a few moments, where they forget I’m there.
©Chuck Espinoza 310-571-5094