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and so it begins

I've been approached to do a family photo shoot. I've got 2 weeks to educate myself. I'm going to try my best to convince anyone within shooting distance to be a guinea pig. There may be some results here over the next little while. I would love your constructive critisism. I you have any knowledge about portraits, it's more than what I've got.

I've alreayd received invaluable advice from some of you (thank you, again, Peter, the info is extensive)

Wish me luck, I think I'm going to need it.
djnana That first shot is a knock-out! And you have such a little beauty to practice with in #4! Very sweet shots, McM!
djnana · 2011-08-13: 18:15
iso400 I have no knowledge to give you advice. I can tell you my opinion. I like these pictures, they have a nice cut and facial expression is very natural.
I do not like the lights, which gave to the skin (especially hands), a cold color, almost unnatural.
Yesterday I found this link 101 Portrait Photography Tips maybe it can be useful.
Good luck Marjorie.
iso400 · 2011-08-13: 18:27
????? Portraits!! ughhh, I'm running away fast!! Still attempting to learn this myself.... I like the lighting and the way she is gazing at the flower in # 1... Photo 4, I really like how just a slight glimpse of her face is peeking out from behind her hair, so pretty! I know from what I have seen and read, I like candid shots, they are a lot more natural.... If your google in "tips for portraits" and or "candid shots" you will see a LOT of info. Have fun, you'll do great!!
????? · 2011-08-13: 19:04
liveandletlive You don't need luck Marjorie. You have a very artistic eye and I know you. You will arm yourself with all the info and experimentation you can prior to the shoot. It WILL be GREAT. Period.
liveandletlive · 2011-08-13: 19:59
Jarvo Nice shots Marjorie. Personally I always struggle with portraits - they're definitely not my strong point. I have only two tips that I know work.
- Never let someone wear a hat in direct sunlight.
- If there's a mix of light and shade (like you've got here), use a fill-flash to even up the lighting.
Jarvo · 2011-08-13: 20:17
????? OH, I did my first official family portrait shoot last week and was scared to death! lighting lighting lighting and look up all the possible poses for a family of whatever size family you're shooting, I was really glad I did my homework on posing. Remember triangle shaped with Dad usually on top. They will expect you to know the poses and tell them how to stand. Be confident, you're an excellent photographer, you'll do excellent!! (oh, and take tons of shots)

ps, LOVE three, how precious!
????? · 2011-08-13: 22:03
unblinkingeye I have no advice, but good news....you don't need it! These are great!
unblinkingeye · 2011-08-13: 23:12
Keryl I think you'll do just fine. Relax, breathe, and think.
Keryl · 2011-08-13: 23:39
smbunation All the best of luck; I'm sure you will do more than fine. =)
smbunation · 2011-08-13: 23:49
????? Good luck! Great set!
????? · 2011-08-14: 00:09
beth0110 only thing I've heard is don't over pose and use a low f-stop to blur the background. I'm sure you will do a great job and have lots of fun too! not to worry my friend
beth0110 · 2011-08-14: 00:38
lyricalthoughts I love this set... your daughter is lovely. Goodluck with your photoshoot. Hope to see some shots! You can do it and just enjoy!
lyricalthoughts · 2011-08-14: 00:41
????? Great set Marjorie, lovely to say at least.
The guide "Iso400" provided gives a bunch of great tips.
????? · 2011-08-14: 02:33
Eiram I am a beginner myself so just my two cents - the best portraits of my daughter (who is the victim in my case most of the time:)) were done, when we both felt good, had fun and just played:) The atmosphere of the moment is more important then anything for me:) I love to catch her when she is "speaking" with her eyes.
And be careful about the backround too - I ruined some photos when I did not pay attention to that:)
Good luck, Marjorie! Have fun !
Eiram · 2011-08-14: 04:00
yellodog Excellent set. In #3 you maybe could have enticed her to look into the camera and maybe smile with a little noise and a wink. If you put the camera on spot metering for the AF you can quickly focus on one of the subjects eyes which will allow you to open up the aperture a bit more. Good luck :)
yellodog · 2011-08-14: 07:20
ArtBee Relax and have Fun....
ArtBee · 2011-08-14: 09:39
ArtBee "YOKAI"is an excellent portrait photographer, perhaps he will give you some advice Marjorie!
ArtBee · 2011-08-14: 10:06
????? OOOOO get you with the dramatic first 2! i love these especially number 2 the lighting is perfecto!! i wish all the luck for your upcoming portrait shoot! i dont have any information to help you with as im rubbish but i would say to make them feel comfortable and have fun with it :) good luck :)
????? · 2011-08-14: 11:00
lukesmom How exciting! I know you will do great! I agree with bilky about candid shots and have seen some professional shots where the photographer came into the home and while the shots were posed, they were still very candid looking, if that makes any sense! Can't wait to see/hear how it goes!
lukesmom · 2011-08-14: 11:11
????? Great shots Marj, and don't worry, you'll do great!!!
Just on little thing if i may.... as you don't have an external flash, try and reflect some light (the Styrofoam or foil comes in handy here) into her face, as Jon mentioned it will even out the shadows, and brighten up her face a little :-)
????? · 2011-08-14: 11:55
Lynda nice shots. Talking to the sitters and getting them to relax rather than pose should result in some natural looking shots. No nothing about the technicalities apart from not having them looking and squinting into the sun.
Lynda · 2011-08-14: 13:14
MARETKA88 don't have anything to offer....but i know lighting is a key factor....these are beautiful though
MARETKA88 · 2011-08-14: 15:37
mallusatish Good Luck,You're A Great photographer~!~
mallusatish · 2011-08-15: 01:33
????? love that second one. and of course your little toe head :) your skill set is developing very nicely,
????? · 2011-08-16: 07:03
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