After some feedback I’ve decided to share the finished, edited copies which I gave to my daughter after her little photo shoot yesterday.
I should explain a few things though, based on some of the suggestions I got on how to improve my portraits of her.
- “Invite a friend to help distract her and make her look more natural”. Not really an option since 98-99% of her friends are online only, and out of the two real life friends she has one works 40+ hours a week and the other might as well be agoraphobic since he leaves the house even less than she does!
- “Outdoor shoots provide better lighting and backdrops”. I agree 110% with that. However, getting her to go outside is a struggle at he best of times, and since I waited a week for her to get herself organised for the shoot I wasn’t going to push my luck and insist it be outdoors … besides which it was wet and very windy here yesterday lol.
- “Take photos after saying something funny so she smiles naturally”. In theory this is sound advice, but not with my daughter. She hates her teeth, and any time I try to get her to smile for photos by being funny (I have a knack for making her laugh) she closes her mouth and looks something like this…
- “Adjust the aperture”. Hmmm. I have a compact camera, a Sony Cybershot WX100. I love this little camera, but the only way I have found to change the aperture is by zooming in and out. So this isn’t always an option, and even when I do manage it it seems the background doesn’t de-focus enough to keep the critics happy.
The advice is well meant, and I appreciate it. But in this instance I think that I know the “model” and the limitations better, so some of the generic advice that would work in a model shoot or a pro shoot doesn’t really apply here. All useful tips for future reference though.
A few things I have learned from the experience though,
- I really need to work on my angles
- I need to find a way to advise her on her clothes for photos without sounding like a nagging, overly critical parent
- I need to get a tripod
- I really need to clear some space in here (somehow!!) to make a small “studio” corner in one of the rooms. Somewhere I can set up a small backdrop, a chair and a floor lamp for portraits.
It’s all a learning experience, but the main thing is that she is happy with them! That’s good enough for me 🙂