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!
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My good friend Arvid has decided to start his own business in exclusive catering. He has cooked us some delicious meals in the past already, so me and my wife really believe he can do this.
Since my wife is a graphic designer, she proposed to create his visual identity, including a website. After some discussions they decided some pictures would be necessary to illustrate his catering skills on the website. This is where I come into “the picture”!
No experience whatsoever on food photography, but up for a challenge, I started to search the internet for food photography. After some research I felt secure enough to make an appointment and go for it.
For this assignment I set up a small studio at home. Just on our dining table in the kitchen. I read multiple times that food bathed in backlit natural sunlight, would look the most tasty! So I set up the kitchen table against our kitchen window, with some white foam board to reflect the light in the front.
But just to be on the save side I also already installed a softbox in case the sun would not appear (even though forcasts were good). 1 Pm. Ding dong…What do you know! the Chef has arrived, but he forgot to bring the sun!!! Good preparations are key with studio photography. I just rotated the table so that the softbox would become my “natural” backlight. With some of my daughters baby cloths to dim it a bit more, and give it an even more natural colour. I used a 100mm, f1.8 prime on a Canon 350D.
The session took all afternoon, but it was definitely worth the experience. I really enjoyed this type of photography and would love to do it again some day soon! But the nicest thing about food photography is eating the food after the session 🙂
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!