This week’s portrait session blog post features as charming and friendly a family as you will find! The Disneys had purchased a session from a charity auction I had donated to and were looking to update their family’s portraits. And it had been a long time since their last portraits, so it was a real pleasure for me to work with them. Their fun personalities didn’t hurt, either!
Normally I keep these posts short and sweet, but I think this one deserves a little better treatment because the Disneys were so incredible!
Dan & Lena especially wanted a portrait with the wheat fields rolling off into the sky. No problem! We knew just the place, and (Bonus!) it was close to their house, too. But there was just one itsy bitsy problem. The day I was going out to double check on our wheat field I got a call from Lena. She had driven by the field on her way home that day to find that the wheat had just been harvested! And I did not know of a backup spot that would be exactly what she was looking for. Yikes!
A few days go by and I text Lena about some other possibilities. She says they might have found something. I immediately drove down to check it out. It was perfect! After speaking with the farmer about it, I learned that they were only a couple days from harvesting this field, too! He also told me this field & the other one were the only two in the valley that will give us what we’re looking for.
After calling Dan and Lena we decide to jump on the opportunity. The next day they showed up, braving 98 degree temps, to get their shot. I think it was worth it. What do you think? Oh, and as a bonus, our friendly farmer also had beautiful blossoming echinacea plants for us to use.
Dan and Lena, you and your kids were amazing! Thanks for your patience and partnership to create these portraits. I hope you and your family treasure these for years to come!
Welcome back to the Photo Tip of the Week!
Last week we talked about how getting closer to your subject (your kids/friends/spouse/dog/etc.) can really help improve your pictures.
This week we’ll talk about how backing away from your subject can help improve your photography. I know, I know. How can completely opposite pieces of advise both help? I’m glad you asked! It all depends on context and what meaning you want to convey.
Say you’re with some friends at the fair and you want to snap off some fun little selfies. No problem, hold your camera/phone out & snap away. You’ll show up nice and close & everyone will probably be able to tell you’re having a great time at the fair.
Now, pretend you’re with some friends visiting the Grand Canyon. The little selfie isn’t going to work. Why not? Because no one will be able to tell where you are very well & they’ll completely miss the massiveness of the Grand Canyon. In this situation, you’ll definitely want someone to snap that shot off for you. What if you were visiting the Paris and the Eiffel Tower? Same deal. Back up to get the whole story in the shot. Spelunking off a 100′ waterfall? You get the idea, right? Of course you do!
In certain situations getting back far enough is important to telling the story of your picture. Other times getting close and personal is best. You just need to decide what you want to communicate when you’re taking your picture.
Hope that helps someone! Until next time…
We met Ryan & Veronica just after we moved back to Idaho, a little over a year ago. We were praying for G-d to help us meet some high quality, genuinely nice, good people who we could connect with. The next week He brought them to us!
Ryan and Veronica like to go for walks with their family on the green belt in Nampa. They have a couple of favorite spots along the way, so it seemed to be the natural choice for their family portraits. We had a lot of fun hanging out together.
Ryan’s an awesome leader of his family and I wanted to portray that somehow. We called this one the ‘You da man!” pose. You can see why…
This last one I really like because I think it portrays the Johnsons really well. They are so relaxed about life and being together and really love having a good time.
Ryan and Veronica, I really loved our session and time together. Judy and I are blessed to have friends like you. I hope you like your family portraits at least half as much as I liked creating them with you!
Mark and Judy are a husband-wife duo who run Mark Rich Photography. Mark is the lead photographer and Judy does most of the behind-the-scenes work. For more info, click on the pic of us!