52 Portraits-3

This wasn't a week where I had the chance to do much in the way of portrait work.  Saturday was the baby shower for Cindy's daughter and she wanted me to get some photos of the "big sisters" so she could frame them and put them in the new baby's room.  Two of the girls, Katelyn and Kendall, are the daddy's girls from a previous relationship and live a few hours away with their mom.  The other is Alyssa, who is mom's from another time.  All of the girls are excited about the new baby and learning to be a "family". This way they could be with the baby even when they can't actually be there.

So, we did a little impromptu shoot out on the front lawn.  All the girls were dressed in pink for the shower, so it worked out well.  They had already been playing and running around together, so their hair wasn't perfect and they didn't look like they were going to get their picture taken.  But that was alright with me.  This is how they are and how they are supposed to be. We had fun with it.  They weren't sure about doing it at first, but they did.....especially since it was for Mimi. 

Katelyn

Katelyn

Alyssa

Alyssa

Kendall

Kendall

I shot these in full sun at about 11AM.  But I did it with a portable speedlight flash with a grid on it on a stand to the right of the camera. The flash was about the height of the girls and fired toward their faces.

Of course I got asked why I was using a flash outside in the sun.  Here's why.....

In the first photo, the flash hadn't fired.  In the second, it had.  It's a subtle difference, but Alyssa's face in the second image is brighter than it is in the first.  It has a bit more definition to it.  The first photo is a bit "flatter".  The second appears a bit more three dimensional.  That's what the flash did.  Yet the flash had no effect on the rest of the image.  That's the reason you use one in the sunlight.

Next week, I think I will try something a little more involved.....