After taking my nephew’s senior pictures, I wanted to get more practice with portraits. And I wanted to use a female model who would, presumably, be less camera-shy and more likely to hold a pose. I immediately thought of Kendall, my second cousin. So I asked, and she said yes! Last Saturday morning, we got together for our photo shoot, and she was just terrific.
Kendall is a natural with the camera. And pretty, too! This time around, I just said to stand or sit in whatever position felt comfortable, “as if you’re just talking to your friends,” and we went from there. Several times, when she moved to talk to her mom, pet the cat, or just unconsciously as we were talking with each other, I would say, “Stop right there! Hold that pose.” She would laugh, but hold that pose.
There were some poses that I asked for that didn’t turn out well at all (you won’ t see those here), but that’s what this was about. Practice, practice, practice! Reviewing the photos, I could see what worked and what didn’t. The tilt of the head, angle of the shoulders, smiling or not smiling, where are the hands and feet, etc., etc. It’s interesting to see what worked better for my nephew, Logan, compared to what worked better for Kendall.
I clearly need work with lighting and exposure; some of the shadowy shots would have been lovely if they had been sharper. There is a portrait class that I’d love to take that would teach me about lighting, but the bottom line is that I just don’t have the right equipment to make it worth my while.
Thank you Kendall for being such a great model. I hope your cheeks didn’t hurt too much from all that smiling!