In a new venture I began shooting for Christmas cards this year. This shoot was a lot of fun. I knew I was dealing with an infant and anyone that has ever photographed a miniature person knows they have a short attention span. Shorter than themselves. It is also easy for them to get intimidated by big ugly gear and bright flashes of light. So I chose a park in the late afternoon light. Little Nolan had a lot to look at and it was a relaxing setting. Plus my flashes were not as noticeable outside when they fire.
I used a q-flash with a shoot through umbrella on one side and a small 285hv almost on camera axis also shoot through umbrella. The purpose of the light was to fill in the shadows and smooth the skin. Although we were not in a forest, there were still enough trees around to block any light coming from the horizon line. Most of the light was coming from directly overhead so I got shadows under the eyes as if it were high noon.
The next step was to keep make Nolan forget what was happening and smile. That’s easy. I had the parents play with him. No one knows how to make a child laugh better than the parents. It worked flawlessly. My only disappointment is that we had gotten all of the shots in 45 minutes. I will have to book more Christmas card shoots in a single day to keep shooting.
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