When I first started out in Photography I vowed with everything in my soul that I would NEVER do portraits. EVER! Just to be clear, I don’t mind doing them but, I know what I like, and trying to capture what everyone else likes is harder than it sounds. Especially when these are the memories that they are going to have for the rest of their lives, hanging in their homes, offices, and what will be distributed online for the world to see. The fear of disappointing a customer is terrifying.
However, I think that as a photographer you have to try your hand at everything whether it’s your “niche” or not, whether you like it or not. Even if it makes you uncomfortable, you have to at least try. That is how we grow and learn as people. So that’s exactly what I did.
This beautiful soul is my pride and joy, my Grandson, Zayden. He’s 9 going on 30, he’s full of life, attitude, and exactly what I need in my life to keep me on my toes. I have been wanting to do Zayden’s pictures myself for a VERY long time so after months of putting it off due to the “conditions not being right”, I decided to finally get them done. We packed up my car and headed for the coast and it just happened to be on the most beautiful day that we have had here in South East Texas. This December day was 100% perfect; no wind, no clouds, no rain, and a balmy 65 degrees. DECEMBER PERFECTION!
Let me set the scene for you because he is so young, but he has adapted to our sense of humor, so pretty much everything is said in a joking and sarcastic way and we make light of a lot of situations. Obviously when appropriate, because life is stressful enough as it is, so why make it worse with a bad attitude, right?!
HE wanted a serious and “moody” shoot. I told him to smile, laugh and have fun like he normally is, but he was having none of that! I chose the actual place for the pics and he chose the places to sit, with the correct background and the poses. Mark my words right now, if this child decides to go into photography, videography or cinematography he is going to win some major awards. He has a natural eye for it!
My perfect little model.
I decided to go with a different look when editing these pictures than I normally would with any of my other photos. I was trying out a new preset. I’ve been totally against using presets in the past because, in my opinion, I’ve always thought that presets are a lazy way to edit. My favorite part of the photography process is editing because that is when the pictures come to life. BUT, in using these 100+ presets, what I’ve learned is you still have to edit them as much as you normally would if you weren’t using presets at all. Some of the pictures, you do have to go back and re-edit them to make them “perfect” even after the presets have been applied. So regardless of how you do it, you’re still doing a lot of editing.
One of my favorite looks for any pictures is a “Vintage” look, so I chose to use the “vintage, 2, and 3” presets, with manual lightening and contrasts put in place in certain areas on these pictures. I was going for a softer look. I wanted bright pops of color, and I didn’t want them all to have the same look, which I think I executed nicely. The look might not be for everyone but that is the beauty of photography, it’s so diverse that you can flip the page and there’s another look that you may enjoy a little better. No look is right or wrong.
Boo to rules!
There’s a “rule” in photography that you are NEVER supposed to put a horizon or straight line through someone’s head. I did think about that when I was taking the pictures but they came out so good that it really doesn’t bother me and that’s not the first thing I look at when I am viewing these. Also, rules are meant to be broken, so why not? These pictures are not perfect for everyone but they’re perfect for me, and that is what matters.