These two images are from a recent family photoshoot we did on the best day of the year so far. We started off with an Environmental shoot in a picturesque local park, and then moved into the studio for more formal shots. These were two quick images taken inbetween and at the end of the shoot. I try to use as much of the time in the studio as I can to capture images, even when waiting for other family members to change outfits.
A recent commission for a family portrait photoshoot in the client’s home proved to me how versatile a couple of Bowens lights and a grey paper background can be. Space was tight, which meant positioning of lights was limited, but a gridded beauty dish and strip box for fill allowed me to control the lighting sufficiently well to maintain contrast and produce my favourite style of portraiture.
Shot with the Fuji X-Pro1 with 35mm and 56mm lens. Lit with Bowens Gemini 500R monolights.
I took advantage of the start of Spring and the kinder weather to kick off my 2014 Street Shoot season with a photo shoot with local model Yasmin. I took along my new X-Pro1 camera, with its small design and fast sharp lenses being ideal for this type of shoot.
We met at a predesignated point in Leicester and used a handful of side streets in the same area for the photo shoot. This reduces the amount of walking to each area and maximises shoot time. A mix of natural light and off-camera flash gave us a great selection of images against different urban backdrops, ideal for model portfolios, editorial portraits or family portraits with a difference.
We battled with the wind somewhat but had a great time,and produced a fantastic set of images. The X-Pro1 performed brilliantly, and as I learn how to get the best out of it, will become my go to camera for portrait photography. It is very easy to carry around, and the quality is amazing. It worked flawlessly with my pair of Nikon SB-800s and Pocket Wizard Mini-TT1 trigger and TT5 receivers.
I popped into the studio with my youngest daughter Megan, as she wanted an image of herself included on my website. Tried a couple of different setups. First setup was an Octabox high up and feathered across her, with a stripbox providing fill light from the other side. Shot on a grey seamless background.
Second setup was a single stripbox very close in on Megan to the right, feathering across her face, and angled so that some light falls onto the background. Just used the modelling bulb of the flash to light the subject.
I prefer the second image for its intimacy and stillness. Shot at f2.8 to throw out of focus the rear shoulder and jacket. A great setup for a classic portrait without any fuss and drama.
Last family photoshoot of the year was in the Leicester studio to celebrate family member birthdays and new arrivals. This photoshoot was great fun to do as everyone was relaxed and radiating great big smiles. The baby was the most relaxed 14 week old I have ever come across and a joy to photograph.
This image was created with a single gridded softbox, camera right.
After all the snow we have had recently I thought it was time to venture outside and play in the white stuff with my children today. Our home backs onto glorious Leicestershire countryside so we had plenty of space to run around and get cold. I think I was around ten the last time I remember this type of severe weather. But the best thing about playing out in the snow is coming back in to get warm.
Anyway, great pictures can still be had if you can bear the cold.
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A recent shoot in a client’s conservatory at their home shows just how good natural light is and what a perfect studio a glass building can be.