The Apple

...never falls far from the tree

...never falls far from the tree
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LadyoftheKnight October 26, 2020
The additude of an 8 year old these days, haha! Great photo! The green nail polish really gives it an edge!
Jeremiahmiller November 02, 2020
Thank you, Caitlin!

Behind The Lens

This picture was taken in my home. I'm always trying to learn new things, and kids' studio portraits can be some of the most difficult due to the short window of time they will allow.
I'm pretty certain this was taken mid-day while her brother was napping.
This was an attempt at hi-key lighting. There was a spot on the background to blow it out, with a 24-inch strip box on camera left and a diffused fill-in on the right. It was most important to ensure that the shadows were balanced. everything else I could let go.
This was shot on a Nikon D610 at appx 85mm on a tripod. The lighting was a three-light flash setup.
Playing with my kids and simply having fun. Despite the sincere look of exhaustion/boredom/etc. she was simply mid-sentence and was trying to remember something. I loved the pose when I saw the picture later as it reminded me of something her mother does often.
This was processed in Lightroom to balance for exposure. The purple saturation in the headband was pushed because the actual color was a bit washed out and the lighter color drew the eye too much.
In my camera bag
I carry a Nikon D610 and a 50mm prime typically. I'm a big believer in the premise that the best camera is the one you have. Equipment matters less than interest. Whether you're shooting with a toy camera or a Hasselblad, the image will only be incredible if you know how to use what's in your hand.
Patience. Kids aren't going to sit still. Perhaps you'll get a shot this time; maybe it'll be another day. It doesn't really matter whether it works or doesn't. The point here was to simply have fun and let them feel a part of what was happening. I try to remember to be encouraging and inclusive with kids and to let them engage in the full-process from start to finish which includes processing. Too many images out there, that they'll see when growing up, have been processed and perfected which can be damaging to a kid. By showing my daughter that images can be manipulated to change anything (faces in particular) she learns that what she may see in the future isn't real, and that she can be and look however she wants.

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