This was my lesson from this session. I loved being with this family. I loved the positive energy, kind words, and general relaxed nature between them all and it kills me that I had to learn that above lesson. I really wanted to succeed with this family but I had some important lessons to learn, and it wasn’t in the books.
1) When working with more than one young child (like under 3) I need an assistant. This can be the parents but when I am including the parents in the picture I need someone else with me.
2) Pay close attention to camera settings. Most of the images from this session were blurry. I was loosing light quickly and should have been paying attention to my shutter speed. It would have been better to have a higher ISO than an unusable picture.
3) Adjust locations based on light. This goes along with the last one. I should have found a more open spot while it was still light.
4) It is better to repose instead of the taking millions of shots in one pose trying to coax kids to look/smile at the camera. The best pictures from each pose was the first or second; continuing to take 20 or 30 more didn’t produce better faces it actually fell apart more and more. I should have just repositioned the family so kids weren’t getting restless. It would have been easy to switch a kid here or there just to keep things interesting. This would have also given me more poses to choose from.
Here are a few from the session.
The magic though is that I learned and applied these lessons. I was scared to keep my next three sessions I had lined up but I didn’t make these same mistakes and things went much smoother than any session I had had before.
In a way, I am grateful for this hard lesson. I am also so grateful for understanding and supporting friends who take a chance with a beginning photographer and are understanding when things don’t work out.