First Portrait Shoot

Discussion in 'Portrait' started by fractal, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    I was asked by my Brother-in-law if I would consider doing my nephew's senior portraits. My Brother-in-law is much handier than I am and considering that I owe him for the several odd jobs he's helped me with I could not refuse.

    I was a bit nervous however so I studied up on portrait photography, natural lighting ( we were going to be outside ) and poses. I scouted an area (which I was already familiar with) the week before the shoot for portrait possibilities. The big day came and I met my nephew and his mother (my SIL) later in the afternoon at the nearby park I scouted. My SIL served as my assistant and she did a great job with the reflectors I brought along. It was an overcast day which had it's pluses and minuses.

    Here are my favorite shots. I was generally happy with the results considering it was my first time. Looking back there are a number of things I would change or do differently - it was a great learning experience. My BIL, SIL and most importantly my Nephew loved the shots. Comments and constructive criticism are welcome.

    I used my NEX-7 and the following lenese; Olympus 100mm 2.8, Sony SEL 50mm 1.8, Sony Zeiss 24mm 1.8, and the Minolta Maxxum 200mm 2.8 and Minolta 50mm 1.4. The SEL 50mm produced the most "keepers".














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  2. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    I'd be very nervous about doing "real" portraits for anyone at the moment. As such, I admire your willingness to take on such a family request.
    And it looks like you provided some excellent results. Good shots!
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  3. chalkdust

    chalkdust TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Sep 25, 2015
    Bert Cheney
    These look really good to me (I am not a portrait photographer, though). I, too, admire your willingness to do this. Perhaps family familiarity helped put your nephew at ease. I think he looks very relaxed and natural.

    Much of the stress I have experienced in my life has been the result of family and friends knowing I owned a camera or a pickup truck.
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  4. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    I'm not a portrait guy, but I think you did a great job Chris.
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  5. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Very good! The bridge and brown window sill are my faves.
    Portraits aren't my forte either, but am considering putting some serious effort into it.
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  6. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    Great shots. Really like the B&W
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  7. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    Yeah, I suck at portraiture too. But of these, I like #10 & 13 the most. Though I think 13 would have been better if the top of his head hadn't been severed. :D
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  8. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Very nice. ☺

    Never done work with reflectors, but they make a huge difference when doing this kind of work.
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  9. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Really like the results here Chris! The composition is great, the lighting is very good and like the poses! All are great but #5, #9, #10 and #12 are my favorites:)

    P.s. How many outfits did he change? :D
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  10. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    lol! Yeah, I did cut off his head didn't I?

    Thanks Nick! In addition to carrying around the reflectors, his Mother was also carrying the several outfits. :biggrin:
  11. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    All good stuff there...and I really liked the couple of casual poses:
    ( Leaning against the stone wall with the big tree in the frame )
    ( Standing in front of the brown building )
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  12. Mus Aziz

    Mus Aziz TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 3, 2015

    The 5th one...well composed :2thumbs:

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  13. christilou

    christilou TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Nov 26, 2012
    Surrey, UK
    A nice set, I've never photographed a guy but I imagine the criteria is a bit different than for a girl! I like them all because they are very natural but number 9 is a standout for me.
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  14. GabrielPhoto

    GabrielPhoto TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Jul 3, 2013
    Fantastic job!
    I really like 5,7,9 and 10. A shame he lost part of the foot on 5 :D I am far from an expert but I am learning slowly
    I need to get brave enough to try my first real "job". I am getting ready to do a Corporate style portrait shoot for my company and I read and watch every video I can to try being as prepared as possible so congrats of getting this done so well!
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  15. Kirkp

    Kirkp TalkEmount Regular

    Nov 2, 2014
    My fav is #10 (grey sweater, green background). It has the most flattering lighting, expression, eye detail, catchlights, pose and composition. I wonder if more of the hands should have been in the frame, but then you might have ended up with part of a knee in the frame and I'd be wondering about that. :) Deciding where to crop for an upper body shot can be tricky.
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  16. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Thanks everyone for their feedback! It's been very helpful - and keep it coming.

    For me #9 is one of my favorites but only after I reviewed the pictures in LR did I notice the metal plate behind his head, which is a bit distracting. I need to be more careful when using backgrounds that are in focus.
  17. SamSS

    SamSS TalkEmount Veteran

    Oct 11, 2014
    I like #7. It's either awkward or he knew it's funny and it shows. :D
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