Formal Beach Portraits (bandwidth warning)

Discussion in 'People' started by tweber, Jul 1, 2005.

  1. tweber

    tweber

    372
    Feb 12, 2005
    St. Louis
    Okay, I won't bore you with the whole trip. But I ended up taking some formal portraits at this year's trip to Holden Beach NC. I regretted not having my extra SB-800's but made due with the on camera flash.

    Comments always appreciated.

    Tom

    My middle girl, just graduated HS

    original.

    original.

    My oldest daughter, whose heading off to London for her Fall semester:

    original.

    And my youngest, who starts high school this fall:

    original.

    Finally, my cousin's daughter and her fiancee - engagement portraits:

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    Chad was a quiet guy, who turned out to be quite playful. We really had fun with this session

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  2. Leigh

    Leigh

    Feb 19, 2005
    Alabama
    Tom, you have a beautiful family! Gosh, I have two boys, maybe one day I'll get a little girl!!! I love the shot of your youngest!!! She glows w/the youthful innocence....Nice job.
     
  3. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Really nice family.. Good shots.
     
  4. tweber

    tweber

    372
    Feb 12, 2005
    St. Louis
    Thanks, Leigh and Gale, for your comments.

    I'm a believer that every father should have a daughter. ;)

    Tom
     
  5. HardBall

    HardBall Guest


    I really like this one, Tom. Nice shot!
     
  6. tweber

    tweber

    372
    Feb 12, 2005
    St. Louis
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    I really like this one, Tom. Nice shot![/quote]

    Thanks HB. It was my overall favorite of Ellen, too. This one will go on the wall.

    Tom
     
  7. huskey8

    huskey8

    159
    Feb 22, 2005
    Tom they are lovely children and please take this in the spirit it was sent in. I think that perhaps they could use additional cropping the length of some of them detracts from the person face just my personal opinion.
     
  8. tweber

    tweber

    372
    Feb 12, 2005
    St. Louis
    Thanks Richard. I welcome your ideas. That's why I put them up.

    Tom
     
  9. Chris101

    Chris101

    Feb 2, 2005
    Arizona
    Great shots Tom! And you have a beautiful group of gals there! The lighting is really good, especially considering that you were using the 'on-camera' flash!

    I concur that the close-up of your middle daughter is the best composition, and she looks completely different in the two shots - you sure got a good portrait in the second one!

    There is one thing I always do with portraits of women that I got from Scott Kelby's book, and that's to take any yellow out of teeth:

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    If you do it on the full size image, and more subtly than I did here, she'll never notice.
     
  10. Tom,

    Nice pictures. You have very pretty daughters. I agree that
    every father needs a daughter.

    Ray
     
  11. tweber

    tweber

    372
    Feb 12, 2005
    St. Louis
    Chris,

    Great point on the teeth. Thanks for the tip. And I guess the SB-800 isn't exactly an on camera flash, but you get what i mean. ;)

    Tom
     
  12. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    Wonderful shots Tom

    Other than the vert crop suggestion, & the teeth brightening, I'd add that in the engagement shots, they could've leaned into each other with their heads in #1, and he could've wrapped his hand around her waist more in #2. Like their expressions & head positions in 2, but his left arm looks lost & "funny".
    Did you use the "PPP" from RRS on these?
     
  13. tweber

    tweber

    372
    Feb 12, 2005
    St. Louis
    Re: Wonderful shots Tom

    Hi Steve,

    Yes, I was using the portrait setup from RRS. It's a dream to use.

    Thanks for your ideas. I shared #2 just because it was fun. It was a spontaneous move on the groom's part which I enjoyed, because he had appeared a bit reserved up to that point.

    Tom
     
  14. eng45ine

    eng45ine

    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Really nice series Tom. You have a beautiful family. I am blessed with daughters as well...It is a beautiful thing!!! :D :D :D
     
  15. I have but one child - a daughter. Maybe I should add that every daughter should have a father such as you as you seem very close to your family.
     
  16. Terri French

    Terri French

    May 5, 2005
    Idaho
    This one is my favorite as well. You did a great job on all of these. What time of day did you shoot the photos?
     
  17. tweber

    tweber

    372
    Feb 12, 2005
    St. Louis
    [/quote]

    This one is my favorite as well. You did a great job on all of these. What time of day did you shoot the photos?[/quote]

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    I have but one child - a daughter. Maybe I should add that every daughter should have a father such as you as you seem very close to your family.[/quote]

    Thanks Christian. What a nice thing to say.


    Terri,

    It was the golden hour, just before sunset..

    Tom
     
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