When you do the math on school portraits in order to get prints you are investing a lot for one photo. We stopped doing this for obvious reasons, it helps when your Mom is a professional, insured photographer. Instead we invest in studio sessions and lifestyle sessions for our milestone moments. For our son’s graduation we hired a local talent to shoot our family and took some time to grab images of each boy and them all together at that moment in time.
This family lives in Brooklin, mom is a teacher and Dad works in IT. We did their “Not Your Average School Portraits” in February in the studio against a black paper backdrop. We did a series of each sibling and some group shots – all three dance so they have some experience in front of the camera which is always a bonus.
We used outfits in shades of grey to create a modern feeling for the portraits of the siblings. We paired cardigans with tank tops to create a neutral backdrop for each portrait. This allows the timeless beauty of each subject to grab your attention and compliments the image instead of distracting from it.
Our new chocolate brown Thonet chair was a perfect choice for this session. It is a classic chair to pair with this session with three dancers in this family. It also has simple, clean lines that add to the portrait without distracting from it.
In any studio portrait once the regular shots are done I use hair tossing, jumping and other physical exercises to losen up my subjects. If subjects are not comfortable with having their portrait taken this loosens them up and it’s a lot of fun, too.
Portraits in the studio while capturing a single moment do not have to be boring. We added in some of the energy that this wonderful girl has in movement with her hair, the bite of her lip and her joie de vivre (zest for life).
This actor and dancer is in good company in this family. He has the best freckles ever.
I am pretty sure I will never tire of a simple portrait of one child ever. The chocolate brown eyes and that easy going smile are all exactly what a portrait of this handsome young man are at this point in time.
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Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | @trinitydesignwhitby