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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.

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    • # 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.

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    • # 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!

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    • # Mark

      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 :)

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    • # 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 !

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    • # Lis

      I love this set... your daughter is lovely. Goodluck with your photoshoot. Hope to see some shots! You can do it and just enjoy!

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    • # Beth

      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

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    • # Derek

      I have no advice, but good news....you don't need it! These are great!

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    • # Jon Laysell

      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.

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    • # Felecia

      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.

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    • # Brenda Nelson

      That first shot is a knock-out! And you have such a little beauty to practice with in #4! Very sweet shots, McM!

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