Filed under: Baby & Child Photography, Communie, Strobist | Tags: Communie, fotografie, kinderen, Strobist
Eerlijk, ik ben geen grote fan van het gegeven “communie” en ook niet van de zeemzoete “communiekaartjes”.
Maar toen collega Caroline me vroeg voor haar oudste zoon Xavier eens voor de lens te nemen wilde ik die uitdaging wel aangaan.
Steven aka Gekiekt, pakt het communiegebeuren aan met een eigen visie, je blijft er zijn stijl inzien. Hij heeft dat nog gedaan denk ik dan. Werk dat ik nog meer bewonder is dat van Tom Museeuw aka Fotofolio en daarom dacht ik een poging te doen en de communiefoto’s aan te pakken als een kleine “kinder-fashion” reportage. Met 2 knappe jonge gastjes moest dat wel lukken.
Met kids omgaan is niet altijd even makkelijk. Xavier had er op voorhand niet zoveel zin in en was eerder benieuwd naar het plot van zijn Horowitz boek, dus Paul (de jongere broer) was mijn héél gewillige assistent die me hielp bij de setup en als stand-in voor de proef shots. Vooral het doen alsof dat de achterste speedlight een kanon was en dat hij mocht mikken op het hoofd van zijn broer vond hij helemaal geweldig.
Om Xavier aan mijn kant te krijgen gooide ik het op een akkoordje. Eerst gingen we een aantal nette foto’s nemen voor de mama, en nadien gingen we “ons” zin doen, het hemd uit de broek en de broek wat meer “baggier”. Worked like a charm
Verder ben ik vooral mezelf gebleven, niet te serieus terwijl ik bezig ben. Een beetje uitleggen wat ik doe. Ik was niet de enige die graag eens knutselde , mijn DIY gel holders, gels & snoots zorgden voor bewonderende blikken. Paraplus op een zonnige dag waren ook nieuw.
Om een ietwat edgier licht te creëren heb ik een speedlight met snoot opgesteld rechtsachter (camera left) het model. En een shoot through met 1/4Cto gel camera-right. De sunbounce als fill voor het model.
Nadien nog een paar shots gedaan met behulp van de sunbounce.
Als het vat van Xavier op was heeft Paul me ook nog een paar poses getoond, er zit potentieel in !
Conclusie: Een leerrijke ervaring, en nog meer bewondering voor mr Fotofolio!
Filed under: Engagement & Wedding Photography, eSession | Tags: engagement, essession
Last week I’ve spent a very fun couple of hours with Charlotte & Dirk shooting their engagement session. We planned a little walk around the Bloso domain in Hofstade and ended up going urbex style at the old pool. (which was our end goal all along)
The amazing thing about an esession is that everything is very relaxed and it allows me to try some new things. I’ve been struggling with my 24-70, it’s no longer working out for me on a crop body. (obviously) I love shooting with my 70-200 and it defines me and my type of photography but I’d like to complement those shots with some more wide shots. Thus, the 24-70 was thrown onto the full frame.
Another thing I wanted to try and put into the mix was doing some wider angle close-up shots. Certainly a technique that won’t work with everybody, either it’s unflattering or it just really feels uncomfortable for the couple. Not in this case …
Charlotte & Dirk , in case you were still wondering, you totally nailed it!
And the end of the session I tried Bert his famous “afdakskestechniek” and I also put the 50mm through his paces @ F1.4.
Kudos to those who earn em, I wasn’t alone that day. Lieven proved to be a great assistant, both helping me out as a sherpa and supplying a friendly chat with the couple. And when he wasn’t blinding them with the sunbounce he wondered off a couple of times just to come back with some different locations & angles he found. Lieven, thx!
Filed under: Engagement & Wedding Photography | Tags: gent, ghent, trouw, trouwfotografie, wedding
Getting into wedding photography has a steep learning curve. And with every step I take I expect to come down, hard.
To avoid that I try to be one step ahead. How? I find a personal safe zone. Owkay, lazy term, let me explain: as a novice photographer you just have more nerves than when you’re a weathered expert. And the last thing you need to have or you need to cause is more stress on the wedding day.
I guess it’s personal for everyone , for me, I like to know I’ve done everything I could before I go into the wedding: a meeting with the couple, a last minute briefing wit the couple to flip through the schedule, check some notes in my idea-book, do some tag surfing, check my gear & get a good night sleep.
But what helps most (and yes I’ve said this before) is that I can relate to the couple on a personal level, and vice-versa. Not being “the photographer” means that I can be at ease (I can be me, and yes I’ve warned them about being me) around the couple but the couple is more relaxed around you as a photographer as well.
Here is the story of my first day flying solo.
Peter & Karolien would be preparing separately in the same house. Dividing your attention is the key, spend some alone time with the groom & spend some time with the bride. Everything in between gives you room for the detail shots.
Unfortunately the weather lady had nothing but rain for us that day and that didn’t help my “safe zone”. No couple wants drury weather pictures in their album, but If you can’t beat your enemy, join him. Try to use it creatively or capture it so it becomes a fun shot.
The first look
There wouldn’t be a classic first look, we discussed the how&where beforehand. That was important for me to position accordingly. Karolien chose for me to focus on Peter’s expression because he hadn’t seen her dress yet. I stayed behind her on the first look and stepped out of the scene a second after.
While I used to avoid distracting elements in my pictures I now am quite happy to use them to my advantage.
On the way to city hall
I’m a softy … I felt so sorry for the couple they had rain that I suggested to do a post-wedding-session a couple of days later. This gave me two things : awesome pictures & some more margin to play with. But the couple also appreciated this and got more relaxed, there is no point in being upset about the weather. On the way to city hall I got to ride in the #1 car, camera at the ready to snap this or this. (okay I cheated on that last shot but I felt we needed to do something productive while standing before the red lights)
This is the only part of the day where the rain really annoyed me. Friends & family were all waiting on the stairs taking shelter under a little rooftop waiting so we could enter the grand hall. But the place was so cramped there was not much room to maneuver around. I’m not sure what I should/could have done differently.
Seeing the grand hall for the first time I saw the perfect picture form in my mind, a tele shot with the long blue (WTF?) carpet leading up to the couple standing in front of the mayor’s desk. But while I was still waiting for the family to sit down, the couple was already signing the documents. I had to hurry over there but managed to snap both the couple & the witnesses whilst signing. It was over in a matter of minutes.
After that the couple went to a smaller room in the back where the city-official would say a word before the magic ring moment would take place. City hall is one of the places where it helps having an extra camera and 2nd shooter. While one can focus on the safe shots the other has more time to experiment around a bit. I still need to find a better balance when I’m doing this solo but I find it at least as important to get the expected shots. (kiss, ring, family, ..)
When the couple stepped outside they were leaded by a lady in what looked like a German star-trek/channel uniform. (get out of my shot woman!) I’m not sure what happened next, maybe she got pushed aside but coming around the corner I managed to snap this & that.
Back at the family house it was time for family pictures. Going outside was not an option so I decided to do a little redecorating … The 3 seater sofa was repositioned to face the largest window in the living room (now acting as a big softbox). A little “on camera” ceiling bounced fill flash was used as well.
It was lots of fun doing these especially because the family was so kind to go along with my very alternative-plan but it made the official pictures more fun for everyone and I’m sure they won’t forget soon…
When meeting with the couple I always ask them to shop around for a backup and dry location, just in case.
Our journey brought us to the MIAT, the couple was granted permission weeks in advance but all of the sudden we had to pay an entrance fee. I played my bogus “experience card” and kindly explained the lady that this was the first time a museum ever asked me for an entrance fee for a wedding shoot. To my surprise, it worked!
The MIAT provided us with some interesting props & settings.
Kudos for seeing that Adam & Eve tree to Nathalie because to me it just looked like graffiti. (Maybe I should check out the bible , but I doubt it has pictures in it anyways.)
For some reason I wasn’t really at ease shooting indoors there, a couple of elements had a thin line between creative & kitsch and I wasn’t sure they would work. I had one light stand at the ready but decided to I’d prefer the amazing light coming from the huge windows.
The important lesson learned (after reviewing the pictures) is that I need to drop an idea faster if it doesn’t work out, and while I’m not really a “wide-shooter” I do need to use that wide-angle lens a bit more. Shooting both wide & tele just gives you more options.
A couple of days later on a very lovely sunny evening we did the outdoor reshoot, or should I say, the bonus shoot.
Again Peter & Karolien totally rocked it and I was thrilled with the golden sunlight.
Coming into my first year as a wedding photographer I knew not everything would always be that easy.
Looking back at these pictures they still make me smile, and I’m proud. And I’m really curious how you feel about them.
Filed under: Engagement & Wedding Photography
If there is one thing I even have less experience with, it must be churches.
But aren’t they sweet