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Engaging your subject for genuine expressions | Long Island Child & Family Photographer | September Blue Photography
I can spot a fake smile. We moms know our kids’ fake smiles and we know them well. “Don’t smile like that, give her your real smile!” I know a child well-trained to give the photographer a “cheese” smile when I see one. But my goal is to always get a genuine smile and real expressions (even if they aren’t smiles). You get that by engaging your subject. I was culling this session and came across a set of frames that were a good example of how I got Andrew to give me that REAL, melt-your-heart smile.
And as I started writing this blog post, I realized…this little series illustrates two other points very well:
1 – Ever wonder why your photographer may fire off dozens if not hundreds of frames at your session, but you probably see quite a bit less in your final gallery? We keep the absolute best and ditch the rest. Out of focus, blurry, under exposed, over exposed, eyes half closed, funky expressions…those go without saying but then there’s the images taken purely for the value of warming up your subject. Getting them used to hearing that shutter click. Getting them interacting even as your face, and your eyes are constantly disappearing behind that big black thing in front of your face. Ever try having a conversation with someone checking their cell phone? You kind of check out too, right? It’s probably similar to how a child feels when being photographed.
2 - This is why when someone says “I really just need ONE GOOD picture” or “just a FEW pics” it really doesn’t make sense. It’s always hard to explain why it just doesn’t work that way. It takes time, energy, effort and work to get to that ONE GOOD picture. Not just one press of the shutter in the perfect location with the perfect light. One picture? Sure. One GOOD picture…ah… takes alot more. The MORE is why you want it in the first place. Thanks for reading!
Back in April, I hosted a 1 on 1 newborn workshop with and for another local photographer (Tatiana of www.tinyclicksphotography.com) and I fell in love… with macro. Now - I’ve always tried to capture those sweet little baby parts and I’ve always loved them (especially baby feet, love baby feet!) but I never knew love like this before. And this first image was the shot that made me fall in love… As you might have guessed, a Nikkor 105mm 2.8 VR has found a permanent home in my camera bag! Below you will find baby Colin and baby Maja, our two adorable workshop models.
That’s what this maternity session was all about. K & K’s connection was so easy to see and this mama to be’s connection to their soon-to-arrive baby girl was clearly there. Her confidence, happiness, and pregnancy glow were all there. And I loved capturing it.
Look at that beautiful, luscious head of hair! What else is there to say… Seriously, I was mesmorized by her hair… I’ve never seen that much hair on a little tiny baby. So thick and luxurious. Lucky girl. Beautiful hair and biteable chubbiness.
I have to admit – I’ve been very lucky lately with some older newborns. This little 18 day old girl was awake for awhile but she was so content and alert that she was practically posing for me. I couldn’t get over it. She was staring right at me. Practically smiling… she was smiling with her eyes, I could tell Eventually she gave in and fell into a blissful sleep for some snuggly poses.
When I first walk into a client’s home for a newborn session, there’s just one thing I’m interested in. The “IT” factor. Nope, not the furniture, not the decor. I’m looking for IT – the light. That beautifully soft, filtered natural light coming in at just the right angle in the just the right quantity. Quite honestly, not every house has IT. You’d be surprised – I’ve been in big beautiful LI homes that didn’t have much of IT and in small NYC apartments that had just the right amount of IT. Sometimes, it’s just a grey day and even the biggest window will let you down. But sometimes, all the elements come together and everything bounces and diffuses just right. On this day, the layers upon layers of snow on the ground combined with just the right amount of cloud cover made a South facing window a joy to work with. On this day, I didn’t curse the snow.
This is baby W, bathed in beautiful natural light, just 6 days old.
And this one – easily one of my favorite recent newborn images. Not just because it’s a departure from the usual beanbag/blanket stuff and the way the light falls over them. It’s the way his mommy is holding him…so natural, so relaxed… the look of pure content on this face, the tilt of Mom’s head as she looks down at her new baby… and then you notice her right thumb and that’s where you get a sense of just how tiny he is here. It more than beautiful light and a beautiful baby – it’s a sweet moment captured.