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,