What a crazy weekend. I shot nearly 1500 photos this weekend between two portraits and one family wedding. I had a blast and was able to experiment a bit at the wedding with my flash. I’m not a wedding photographer by any stretch of the imagination, and I must admit I admire anyone that can do that job weekend after weekend. My hired task this weekend was trying to wrestle four kids into one frame. I think this one task probably accounts for nearly 3/4 of all my weekend shooting, but at the end of the day I think we got it. Now the real work is at hand as I dig through my Lightroom library to separate the winners from the losers. Here are a few suggestions of the prep work you might want to do before taking any portraits outside. 1. I scout an area where the light will be good at the time of the shoot 2. Have a back up location just in case location one doesn’t work (for whatever reason) 3. Have a dry location for the shoot in case the weather turns nasty 4. Try to have everyone on site 30 minutes prior to the shoot so that they have time to get adjusted to the area. 5. Run some test shots to check exposure, ect. 6. If you’re shooting children, have food and water available (let’s keep the blood sugar up) 7. Try to be engaging and explain the process to avoid mass confusion 8. Be in control (you’re the professional) 9. Be willing to have things slightly out of control (you’re the flexible professional..;) 10. Have fun and make it fun.
Today’s photos are from Michele Thomas. Michele is the last student from my June class to be featured this month on the blog. She did a wonderful job capturing some very nice portraits, including an optional self-portrait that was assigned to the class. You can check out more of Michele's work by clicking HERE. Next month I’ll will be highlighting photos from the July class. If you’re interested in my online classes feel free to check them out HERE. My next class will be this September, and class enrollment is limited so if you’re interested drop me a line at email@example.com