I was working to a very cool brief with this shoot; monochrome portraits of this little guy with lots of white space and interesting angles for some large format prints. I really enjoy it when clients have an end result in mind for their images as I can shoot the images exactly as they want them.
The only unknown with this shoot was how our one year old would cooperate, LOL. In fact, he was an absolute star. He wasn’t quite walking, but was still very mobile, so he had to be picked up and re-placed onto the backdrop every 30 seconds or so which he thought was very funny.
I like very contrasty black and white images like these and I used a film style preset to give them the look they have. There’s quite an art to lighting high-key portraits like these so that the lighter areas of the image aren’t over exposed and there is still good detail in the dark areas of the picture. I’ve been working in a studio environment for years, so it’s a look I really enjoy creating.
Little people won’t generally sit for portraits for very long before they get fed up, so with babies like this one, I work quickly so we finish the shoot on a high rather than with a small screaming human. Timing is always a key factor in photographing children. Taking photos after they’ve been fed and slept well is usually a winning combination.
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