Last Sunday afternoon, the Howard family, from Dobwalls, Wales & Cambridge got together for a family portrait shoot in my studio at Menheniot. I tend to use the local village hall for studio shoots, purely because of the large space to work in, not many studios are well over the size of a tennis court in length. The beauty of such a long building is the ability to be able to shoot from much further away and use my second favourite lens, namely by 70-200 f/2.8. The distance also, I believe, gives the family, couples, or other clients a more relaxed experience because I am not right in their face with a camera.
After completing some studio set-ups with both black and white backdrops, we went out into the local playing field and park, which is just behind the hall, and used this space to create some more relaxed or ‘candid’ feeling pictures, which is a nice add-on to the fixed position studio, especially for the children – tell kids to sit still, most hate it, tell them to run 100 meters and they love it!
I photograph more location portrait shoots than I do studio ones, and this is for two key reasons; firstly, I personally like locations and natural light more, and secondly, it tends to me what is in demand more at the moment within the industry. However, you can see here and from some of my portrait portfolio on this website and Facebook that studio is an option.
I will soon been running a competition for a FREE portrait shoot so watch this space and ‘like’ me on www.facebook.com/bwaltersphoto to be aware of what you have to do.
Anyway I hope you like the few pictures here, over the course of the 80 minute shoot the Howard family have got just over 100 pictures. As ever would love to hear your thoughts.