Aug 12, 2010

a how-to with creating a story - orlando photographer

i love a good traditional family portrait as much as the next person.  it's a great way of taking a snapshot of one moment in time to remember someone's looks.  but what about their personality?  what about their character?

when i am with my clients for a photography session, my goal is to capture moments that can be transformed into a story.  i want the family to be able to see these photos many years from now, and remember exactly what their children were like at that moment.

so, what type of techniques can be used to tell a story?  i have put together a few key elements and some examples to demonstrate...

shoot from your hip - or from the ground.

in this photo, i was laying down on the ground, looking up.  it gives some really nice angles on the train, and also gives a sense of superiority with the subject.

this one was also shot low to the ground, and from a side angle.

another example of shooting from the ground.  in this one, i was laying across from katie, and her face was toward the light.

you don't necessarily have to see a face to make a portrait - or - not everyone in the image has to be in focus.

my son had his first haircut at the magic kingdom.  something that they do to keep the kids entertained, is completely cover them in mickey stickers.  i didn't want to forget that.

this is one of my very favorite lifestyle family portraits, and the parents are not even the focal point.  but, you can truly see how much fun they have together, and i think that's an important thing to remember.

my main focus in this shot is of course the sunset.  but, choosing to keep it out of focus and more or less part of the background, gives it a sense of mystery.

sometimes, it's best to get up really close.

i love close ups that show such great detail.  jack is very proud of his freckle.

and sometimes, it's good to take a step back.

there are so many great places in this world to take a portrait.  use what you have around you.

and lastly, using light.

about 9 times out of 10, it's best to have the subject facing the light.  however, using the light in a different way can create a really neat silhouette.

i hope these little tips can help you create a story for your family.

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