Here's a picture I did last fall for a local business. We had to drive out to a field and set up there. It was a beautiful fall day and harvest was well underway .We had a lot of fun and I think this one is the best of them. We captured some local flavor to give their clients a sense of who they are. You'll notice that they're not bunched together like they would be in a family photo. This image was not intended to capture the loving bond of a family but more of a sense of strength and confidence. You can count on these people to take care of business.
There is a time of day when the sun sits low on the horizon, preparing to slip below it. The light is warm and golden and somehow you feel closer to eternity. That has always been my favorite time of day and I'm not alone. It's no coincidence that sunsets have been a favorite subject of painters and photographers through the years. The light at that time of day is like no other, except maybe early morning but I'm no morning person so it's sunsets for me. Last summer I have the opportunity to do some outdoor portraits along the riverbank, north of town. With the help of some fill-flash, I got some great spontaneous kid's portraits for my clients; all of it bathed in that beautiful light.
I love photographing kids. It can sometimes be a bit of a headache when they don't want to cooperate but it’s always an adventure. And when it comes to spontaneity, kids rule! That is when you often get your best pictures. Children aren't always great at smiling on request but what you get from them is always genuine. Here are some more examples of that.
These are from a shoot we did last August; one of those get-togethers when relatives from all over meet up. We got the go-to pictures; the ones where everyone is at attention and smiling. When it comes to any family photography session, those kind of portraits must haves. Of course here in Saskatchewan, if we want pictures like that, we usually try to get them in the summer or fall so as to have good weather for outdoor shooting. On this particular day I thought it would be nice to get some other pictures as well. The bottom two are of a more spontaneous nature. Yes we do need the formal portraits as represented by the first two but I think it's also good to have the other kind. When everyone is simply smiling, like they do in most portraits, it puts you at arm’s length from the subjects. However, when you add more spontaneity it draws you closer to the people in the picture, makes you feel like you know better. At least, that's how I feel about it.