28 Sep Our summer portrait – behind the scenes
It’s probably against the rules to reveal the secrets behind certain photos, but I wanted to show the behind-the-scenes of this recent portrait of the boys and I totally based on this famous shot, as some people have asked how I created it. (please remember this is just a demonstration of how I did it, to inspire you).
I’d also like to show the reality that not all the shots taken were “perfect”, but there is still a lovely story found within some of them. Hopefully you will see how anyone can have a go at it, with a lot of patience and a sprinkling of magic.
First, finding the right light. The light is our bedroom is gorgeous & bright, and the walls are plain, creating a simple background.
Picking the most likely time my boys would cooperate was a factor, so I decided one mid morning during the summer holidays was the chance to get them in their best moods. I started with just one boy at a time so to curb the chaos that my two boys usually bring.
I set up the tripod and my remote control, using this lovely boy to work out the initial composition.
I soon realised this position is ridiculous as the window on the side was creating too many shadows.
So we spun round facing the window and I decide to add a little mascara, because that always makes a difference.
Then I realise the back ground is full of clothes and things hanging on the door, so I remove these.
I keep clicking away and slowly I’m getting towards the shot I want….
Except 4 out of every 5 shots is a silly face…. and I must try to disguise that I’m clicking the remote.
So I figure it’s time to re-set the shot and the cat arrives to get in on the action (and probably to escape her kittens.)
Now I try with my eldest, who should be more sensible in front of the camera….but he isn’t.
He starts to play ball and gets into it, knowing that the sooner I get my shot, he can be outta there.
Then I try both boys in the shot, and the silly faces continue….
SO we strike a deal…. they get to play with the remote when we’ve finished, and this is the chaos I was talking about.
Among the nonsense, a sprinkling of magic happened and surprisingly I start to get some shots….
And then the final portrait shot and some others…. here are my favourites….
Hope that might inspire someone to give it a go, creating your own family portraits is possible, I can’t wait to see what you do.
All shots edited in RadLab.