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December 14, 2008

Candids with Nikki in Toronto studio -kind of…

Today’s post is about candid photography on the fly in any location. As a wedding photographer, I have many challenges to deal with. Sometimes location is less than picturesque, the light is changing, it’s too dark, it’s too bright, it’s raining, it’s snowing, it’s too sunny, people are in the way, space is restricted, etc., etc..

But I am paid thousands of dollars to shoot the wedding and couples expect the results they came to me for in the first place… beautiful, natural, story-telling photography. So this brings us to a portrait session with the beautiful Nikki…










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This is the studio that was used:
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I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING… This is not a studio! It’s somebody’s bedroom! Yep.

But this is the point that I’d like to make. When I photograph the bride’s preparation for example, it’s not always in a beautiful Castle. I still have to show the emotions as they happened, where it happened, and somehow it just has to look good.

So hello Nikki.
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Most people are a little shy at first when they are photographed by a professional. There’s a cuteness to it that I really like and try to get as well.

When alone with a subject, interaction is key.
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Flash to the right of Nikki.
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Oh, and I almost forgot to mention my new best friend… off camera lighting. This second flash is triggered from another flash on my camera. It helps creating more interesting lighting than what is otherwise known as “direct flash”:
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If you pay attention, you will notice Nikki’s shadow on her left, and also her hair. The second flash is set to her right.
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I’m shooting with a 50mm lens set at 1.8 aperture. The background is thrown out of focus as a result. You can still see that it’s a bedroom, but it just becomes irrelevant.
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The focus now becomes the silliness of the session, and how fun it is. And that’s what it’s all about.
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There is a fine balance between bringing out emotions out of people and asking for it. I don’t ask for a smile. And if I do, I won’t take a picture until a real one happens.
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Very cute.
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Here’s looking at you kid.
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The following 2 pictures are probably my favourites. And it shows that closed eyes is not necessarily a bad thing.
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The effect chosen for every picture also contributes to the overall feeling.
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Ouuuuuu!
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Oh the eyes.
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As the session progresses, there’s a point where the subject just accepts that a bunch of photos are being taken. It’s what I call the “I don’t care mood”. And at that point it’s easier to get a sexy shot such as this one.
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We’re obviously not in a studio. But the background even adds to the comfortable mood, and the subject is no less the center of attention.
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And here’s the cover shot.
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Thank you Nikki for the fine super-modeling. For more information on portrait sessions, contact SAphoto.
Sebastien

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