i really like the processing of 1 & 4 but i never can understand why most parents dont like these types of processed images.
why would a parent want a picture of their child to look like every other picture of someone elses child. think outside the box and go for something with a little more pop andnot just a picture that has green grass and blue skies etc.
here is the way i see it, everyone can go out and buy DSLRS that shoot AUTO and a nice lense these day and then g out and shoot their kids or someone elses kids at sporting events etc
which means now a days everyones images look the same, the bokeh effect used to be something that helped your image stand apart or the crispness and sharpness that DSLRs offered bt now you need something that adds to your bag..
i dont want my images to look like my kids school mates parents that also bought their camera and 70-200 from best buy and just shot in auto and then posted up.
i want my images to stand out and that means editing a new style that they cant because they dont know photoshop or new techniques, also i dont want to see what my eye saw literally... i want an image that has a look that will last forever not a snapshot.
I love love love #2 and #3 ... I like the splash of color with the greyish background. Neat processing.., definitely stands out from the snap & print pictures that I *had* to buy of my son's soccer team. LOL They are cropped a bit too tight, hope you left some room..printing will take off another 1/4 of an inch.
Two AB800's on top of each other. On top the Medium/Small Octabox -Gridded. Directly below the large softbox - grided I think?
Lights are 10 feet from the background and camera right. Lights were feathered slightly so not to really point directly at models.
Models were supposed to be about 3 feet from the lights. They were moving.
When I metered the lights they were about F8-10.
Background had an AB800 grided with a 30 degree grid on the standard reflector. I also had placed some torn black paper partially over the relector. I would move the background light up or down depending on the height of the model.
These are really cool. I did soccer when I was younger and these are MUCH cooler than the lame shots we had to get. I definitely think parents would be interested in these, the kids as well probably. =) Nice job, on the editing and the different poses and such.