Spring Mini Sessions

May 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Here a few of my favorites from my Spring Mini Session special offer.  Children's portraits are so much fun for me because I truly love the feeling  I get when I can make a child smile!  It's like the whole world gets a litter brighter for a moment!  I was thrilled with the response I got from this offer and am hoping I can offer mini sessions like this for other holidays and seasons!  

The weather in Dallas gives us a few scheduling issues in the spring, but all in all the sessions turned out great and I didn't get rained on once!  I found a perfect little spot near White Rock Lake in Dallas, TX.  It was perfect for these sessions because the light there was great all morning so I was able to fit in a few sessions at a time.  When looking at light for portraits, I always look for spots of solid shade with a few patches of sunbeams in the background to give my images a 3 dimensional look.  The best is if the face is in the shade but you can get a little sunlight right on the head creating a key light that separates your subject from the background. Children always do best in the mornings and so I specifically chose this spot because of the awesome morning light.  A few of these images (with the wooden door behind them) were taken at a different location in the courtyard of my apartment.  This spot was great because it was in shade all day and allowed me to photograph that portrait session at 1pm and still have good light.  

I like to use furniture in children's sessions to help keep kids in the spot that I want them in.  I find that white is always the best color.  Not only does it go with everything, but it also helps to reflect some white light on to the subject's face and block out some of the discoloration that you typically see when shooting with such green grass.  I photographed all of these portraits with natural light only.  I set my camera to a wide aperture to create a shallow depth of field, blurring the background to really make the subjects pop. Children move fast so  always remember to use a high shutter speed!  I suggest at least 1/250 but in daylight at a 2.8 aperture you really won't have any issues there.  I was able to shoot these at 100 ISO because I shot with such a wide aperture.  I couldn't be happier with the images and I know that these families will cherish them forever.       






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