Olly and Doug contacted me when they were looking for some Family Photography.
Olly particularly wanted some shots of her kids at home and in their dance outfits.
They are renting a small home on the gold coast and needed the shots done in the afternoon.
This created a couple of challenges
1 Not a lot of room in terms of getting nice clean backgrounds
2 A limited time frame, at the time of day that we began the light was still very harsh outside and we had to be finished before sunset so therefore we couldn’t take advantage of the golden hour.
We overcome these challenges by shooting some candid tight shots in the home as the kids were playing and getting ready for the dance costume shoot.
We also found a garden wall that was in the shade close to the family home.
In the last 30 mins of the shoot the sun had sunk to a low enough point to give us some nice shade in the quiet street that they live in.
Here’s a few photos from the session
This shot of Flynn has a nice stillness to it. I converted the image to a cool toned black and white. I then darkened the busy background and around the edges. This has the effect of focusing your attention onto Flynn.
The next frame in the sequence, it has the same stillness to it how ever this time Flynn is making contact with the camera. I did a few different versions of this. I’ve left this one in colour so you compare it with the one above
In this shot we are taking advantage of the shade and the white garden wall, I’ve washed the image out a little and added some grain to give it a nice soft look.
Another Fun Shot of Gem with the white wall
Did someone say Jump? Well yes someone did. This is a wider shot. I could have cropped into the photo, however I like the compositional feel of this image and the afternoon light on the foliage in the background.
This shot of Matilda was taken in the middle of the road late in the afternoon when the shadows were starting to help us. I’ve used a 200mm lens to compress the background and a small aperture to cause the background to go out of focus. I played around with quite a few versions of the image as I really liked the look of the pose and look that I was getting from Matilda. However I was still having issues with a bright sunny background that is very distracting. In the end I settled on this one
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