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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

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

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And my youngest, who starts high school this fall:

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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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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.
 
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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.
Thanks, Leigh and Gale, for your comments.

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

Tom
 
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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.

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Tom

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

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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.
 
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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.
Thanks Richard. I welcome your ideas. That's why I put them up.

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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.
 
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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!

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:


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

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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".
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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
 
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Really nice series Tom. You have a beautiful family. I am blessed with daughters as well...It is a beautiful thing!!! :D :D :D
 
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tweber said:
Leigh said:
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.
Thanks, Leigh and Gale, for your comments.

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

Tom
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.
 
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tweber said:
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

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I really like this one, Tom. Nice shot!
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?
 
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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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