On September 26th & September 27th I was fortunate enough to have scheduled 2 different portrait sessions with some friends & family. It was a whole new experience for me, as I’d never been asked to take pictures for someone before - let alone have someone offer to pay me to take pictures for them before. It was exciting, I learned a lot, and I was blown away when I was asked to take engagement photos as a result of my work from that weekend.
I thought I would share some of the photos from the weekend, from both sessions, and include my thoughts & critques of my work. Mainly for myself to look back on and learn from, but also for anyone who is interested.
SEPTEMBER 26 - ANA’S PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT’S
SEPTEMBER 29 - FAMILY PORTRAITS
Overall I’m happy with how they came out, but I still see all the different ways that I can improve when I’m out “on the field” taking photos.
Comparing Saturday & Sunday, I found it easier to take photos with Ana because the focus was just me taking photos of her (although I did get a few cute ones of her & her two to-be daughters). Where when I was with my cousin’s family, it felt almost like I was trying to focus on too much at once and things were falling through the cracks. There were quite a few photos I wasn’t able to use because my angles were off, or there was motion blur. I was going too quick. Slowing down felt like I was losing their attention and you really need to have everyone engaged to really get those ones that stand out.
My favorites from the weekend were the candids. I think that holds true for a lot of how I photograph & my style of photography.
I will be putting that theory to the test when I photograph my first ever event photography session: a First Birthday Party. This client found my work online & asked if I’d be willing to come document the day so she wasn’t worried about missing anything.
Some other things I’m looking forward to are Engagement Photos for both Ana & Patrick AND my sister Nicole & Rahul! I’ve never been a big Pinterest person, but I have found a bunch of inspiration there and totally excited to take these photos.
Later this month I’ll be joining Ana & Patrick down in Starved Rock. SUPER excited about that too because Starved Rock is gorgeous this time of year. Then sometime soon I’ll be scheduling a time to hang out with my sister & brother-in-law-to-be to get their photos done.
Before I sign off, I just wanted to say thank you one last time to both Ana & Katie for giving me the opportunity to photograph them. It feels like such an honor to be asked to be responsible for capturing these moments & times in your lives, from career milestones to time with family to celebrate major life milestones. I hope you enjoy your photos as much as I did taking them for you.