Just a simple portrait

In lighting, Portraiture

I’ve recently started doing really simple natural light portraits to see if they (and school photography) might be something I’d like to start incorporating into my photography business. This past spring I asked a bunch of friends if I could do some test shoots with their little ones. I set up a simple black backdrop in the garage, and gave myself just a minute or two with each child.

The results make me so happy. Some kids opened up quickly, others kept their guard up a bit longer, but in each case, even if there wasn’t the classic, “tip your chin and cheese” kind of portrait, I came away from each child with at least one image that was so distinctly “them.”

I love how it didn’t take any dramatic or overly done props, outfits, or even a whole lot of time to create these timeless, lovely and joy-filled photos. I don’t have a studio, nor have I ever used one, but man does this experience make me want to play around with that possibility a bit!

All the best,
Alison

6 Comments

  1. You nailed it, Alison! Your friends must be thrilled to have these memories. I especially love the little girl with the stink eye. Priceless. xoxo Deb

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