Outings, family or otherwise are always opportunities to practice for the real thing. I always treat a family outing as a professional shoot. This type of shoot is called photojournalism. Just recording the events of the lives of the children for the day. Many people love this style of photography as it provides images of natural childhood events.
Sometimes photographers are hired at great expense to tag along with a family for several days just to capture the activities of the members during a specific event that the family wants remembered for generations. I recently heard of a family paying $5000 for a photographer to shadow the kids for two days and then another $25,000 for images. This is a high-end example for sure–but then one day it might be you or me who is the photographer. How fun would that be.
Recently, the family outing of one of my kids was to Maris Farms, a modern-day “pumpkin patch” complete with monster truck ride, hay rides, corn mazes, plenty of food, a corn room with piles of corn kernels to frolic in, little trackers to ride, a petting zoo and on and on–and oh, of course, a pumpkin patch. The time was afternoon and the sun was bright and warm and cast long shadows on everything. What was difficult about shooting in this situation was that the kids weren’t always in the right position for their faces to be illuminated perfectly. My next learning adventure will include off camera flash to deal with this kind of situation.
Below are some of my efforts at photojournalism.
Here are Xzander and Cate (cousins) posing as the giant pumpkins. Notice that the whole pumpkin is showing. You can also see an extreme shadow line on the pumpkin. I added a lot of fill light in Light Room to make the precious little faces visible in the shadow.
Little Cate wanted a pink pumpkin. I had some lavender paint–but no pink. It looks more pink than lavender. I put her on a pony and she loved being there. She sits a horse really well and is not the least bit afraid. She took a rest on a pumpkin. Perfect for her.Going for the big ones.
About reflectors. I wished I took mine with me this day. I could have lightened some faces without fading the color. I hear people say they don’t use one for one reason or another and others do. I decided try it out and actually thing I am on the side of the users. I respect what other photographers know and do–but I think I have learned that I want to find out for myself what I want to do as a photographer. I don’t want to be just like this person or that person–I want to be unique and it is an adventure finding out what that uniqueness is. I would encourage any new photographer to listen to the pro’s and then decide for yourself what you want to do for yourself and be comfortable with it. So many options, so many choices. Such a fun time!! Thanks for stopping by!!