Posts Tagged ‘child photographer’

There’s something to be said about a well planned, thought out, studio portrait. A long time client emailed me a beautiful wall portrait of her older daughter taken at age five by another photographer. Her second daughter wasn’t quite five yet, but was about to lose a front tooth, so there was a touch of urgency in getting her five year portrait taken – especially if she showed off her beautiful smile.

The goal wasn’t so much to match every detail of her older sister’s portrait, but replicate the traditional look, size, and feel of a quality, 20×24 canvas portrait her mother already owned of daughter number one.

As always, in cases like this, my starting point is to duplicate the lighting, pose, and expression, but to reverse the pose so when hung side by side, they will face one another instead of both going in the same direction (they’re wearing the same dress). After I’m satisfied, I work outwards from there to put my own spin on it, giving the second child’s image its own personality.

In this case, I opted for a more pensive expression, without teeth. A chair was switched for a park bench, and hand placement was rearranged. Mom loved it, and who wouldn’t? It’s clean, well lit, traditional, and will be a perfect “sister” image to hang side by side with her older sibling.

Mission Accomplished!

Creating Wall Art

Creating Wall Art

Have you ever seen such a beautiful child? (besides your own, of course). A classic traditional portrait study of a child, done in the studio, can take as long as 90 minutes or as little as twenty, depends on the age and cooperation level of the child. In this case, she was part of a session that included her two older brothers, but in typical fashion, we created a few images on each child alone after we’d achieved our goals on them together.

Loved this 3/4 profile image of her, and sculpted her face with the lighting beautifully.

Classic Traditional Studio Portrait Study of a Child

Classic Traditional Studio Portrait Study of a Child

This face has graced my lens several times since she was only three months old. This portrait session commemorated her third birthday, and she is a total delight to work with.