Axel & Phebe

Today I did a family photoshoot with Jody, Renske, Axel and Phebe.

For this shoot I had some compositions in mind, but those went straight out of the window once I started shooting these little bundles of energy.
Children are very hard to direct and I quickly realised  it’s better to just go with the flow. It turned out to be more of a reportage style of photoshoot, but I think it worked out pretty well.

I can see myself doing this more often.
It was a cool experience… I had a great time!

Thanks guys.

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Monkey business

What better opportunity to getting used to my new Fujinon XF 23mm lens than being surrounded by a bunch of monkeys…?

The 23mm is a bit wider than my all-time-favourite 35mm lens, but I’m already seeing its advantages! Probably will be shooting a lot with this lens the upcoming days.
It does look like a familiar angle. But that is probably because it is the main focal length used in street photography, where I get a lot of my inspiration from. This was one of my main reasons for getting this lens.

Yes I know, the images have a little bit extremer post processing to them, than I’d normally would do.
I’m experimenting with some tone curve settings in Lightroom, looking for possibilities to put some personal flavour in my images. 😉

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Using the Fuji X-E1 for “official” jobs

I’ve been experimenting with the different settings on my Fuji X-E1 a lot lately, to get the JPEGs to suite my own taste. However I’ve come to realize Fuji already have done an excellent job with their default settings. It’s actually the look I fell in love with in the first place. I only prefer to have the Shadow Tones set to -1, to make the images a little bit softer. I also shoot mainly with DR100.

I am also feeling more confident every day with this camera to use it not only for shooting private, but use it for actual assignments. I think the AF still a bit slow, but for certain types of jobs where it doesn’t matter, I prefer it over a DSLR. The look of the images is exactly what I’m looking for so I get to use the JPEGs straight out of camera, which saves me a lot of time post-processing the images.

Fuji already announced a firmware update, which will speed up the Auto Focus, so things will get even better in the near future! Can’t wait. Maybe soon I won’t be shooting with a DSLR at all, anymore. 🙂

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Ilvy in the Studio

Just before Christmas last year, my cousin asked me if I could take some photos of her daughter. Me, having in mind to set up this website already for a while, and trying to scrape bits and pieces together to collect some content to fill this website, eagerly said YES!

However, I had never shot children before in a studio environment. This would be my very first… Reading up a little on the internet I decided to use 1 softbox and 1 umbrella and one reflector to get the lighting right. Only problem with children is, they don’t usually stay in the spotlight for a very long time and like to run around the place rather than look at you, when you tell them to.

It was quite a challenge. But just as with Street Photography, with Kids Photography you shouldn’t be shy! Funny faces and making weird sounds to (try to) get the shots you want, are mandatory with children. But I think all and all it turned out pretty well in the end!

… Well, at least Ilvy was very happy! 😉

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