Archive for November 2009
A few weeks ago Katie emailed asking about shooting some new family portraits. (Katie and her family live in San Jose) I’ve had the pleasure of photographing her family five times over the past three years. Usually the shoot coincides with a visit to the area. Since I didn’t have any near-term plans to fly to the bay area she decided it was worth the extra cost of a plane ticket to have me come up. It feels good when your clients speak about your work with actions like that.
We started off with the twins while big brother Connor finished his nap. And for the record, the twins decided to hold each other’s hand.
Then we swapped. Twins went down for a nap while Connor and I went to have some fun.
Next Aunt Mable (her real name is Annie) and Charles came by. Charles was a little hesitant, because like most of us, we don’t like to have our photo taken. For one of their first poses they came across really stoic. Seeing that pose made me think of the painting “American Gothic” and with the help of a few props we made an attempt. The use of props and humor helped liven things up a bit.
After our session at the house we headed to the San Jose Rose Garden to meet the extended family. It never fails. Whenever I try to get a shot of the grandparents and their grand kids there’s always a meltdown.
More extended family and great moments.
The goal of the shoot wasn’t to shoot this type of portrait but I felt inspired enough to shoot a few frames before we went with the shoot as we had planned it. I started with a giant softbox but didn’t think being that close with that much in focus was flattering. I ditched the strobes and just used the light coming through the garage door with a sheet of foam core to bounce some light back. These shots were made at F1.2 so the depth of field is super shallow. The dept is so shallow that with her eyes in focus her eyebrow is already soft and out of focus. I liked them enough that I felt inspired to share. I’ll post more from the shoot later.
So now I know.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of shooting my first Quinceañera. Samantha is my friend Dave’s daughter. I had a vague idea of how the evening would progress but what struck me after I got there was that this event was the size of a small wedding. When I arrived at St. Vincent’s Church there were several limos and three photo sessions going.
For those who don’t know the Quinceañera is the coming of age ceremony celebrated. The event is celebrated with a Catholic Mass and a reception. An old tradition during the reception is for the father to present his daughter with her first pair of high heels.
Back in July I met and photographed Malia and Lopaka. We came away with some great maternity shots including this one. At the time we had penciled in another photo shoot for the baby shortly after he was born. But….there were some complications. He got stuck. I forget the terms Malia used but he was halfway out and got stuck, some crazy nurse ninja moves were performed and he made it into the world safely. He was born August 10th and weighed 8.5 lbs. The nurses took him to the NICU to check him out and found that he had a congenital heart defect which would require surgery. While in the hospital waiting for the surgery he got an infection which affected his organs and pushed the surgery.
That was four months ago. He finally left the hospital a three month old boy and this past weekend we finally met. He’s strong, happy and doing well.
A few months ago a photographer began a movement called Help-Portrait. The goal is for photographers around the world to take a day and use our gifts and skill to give back to people in need. The idea was picked up and promoted by a lot of blogs and websites and the concept was inspirational. If you’d like to help in any way, mark December 12th on your calendar and send me a note.