“For my studio’s first birthday I wanted to take some funny pics, so I decided to use the pompoms I created for my first test shoot exactly one year before.
I asked my daughter for help, and so we took these images.”
Antje’s Photography Tip:
Originally I had just planned to just take a few pictures in front of my blue-and-red-dotted backdrop, but you know what happens when you are motivated by one good picture – you want to take more!
But of course, by the time I decided I wanted to take more pictures we didn’t have too much time left, so I couldn’t create a new set or change what I had to be something more complex.
However, a little change of perspective creates a completely different picture!
First we took some pictures with my pompoms, which had a lot of motion. They look and feel like “birthday party is coming, yeah!!!!” and are really fun and playful.
After the pics with the pompoms I took very simple, arranged portraits of Lotta. I took them as a close-up portrait, which subdued the flashy dots on the backdrop (making sure to use the lens wide open so as to focus on the face and create a lovely bokeh).
Just one turn around we found our next and completely different set.
When I first took the pompom pictures I had the daylight from my windows behind me – along with my sofa. So for the next scene, I posed Lotta on the sofa and used the light from the windows, but as backlighting this time.
If I didn’t have the sofa in my studio, I could very well have also had Lotta sit on the floor or in a little chair – another super simple, easy, low-maintenance set that would have also added variety to this session.
Post-production was very minimal, and I edited the images in LR and PS to adjust contrast, brightness, red skin and clipping.
Antje used a Canon 5D MKIII with a Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens to capture these images.
Digital pictures are wonderful, but a great way to preserve your memories of your little ones (and your clients!) is by putting together and designing an album for printing.
Don’t know how to design your own album or a little stuck on how to do it? (Or still using Photoshop to do it instead of InDesign? Which let’s face it, is making it ten times harder for you than it has to be?) Learn how to get started here.