Portraits

I was awake last night until 4am, unable to sleep despite the cool temperature of the apartment. I usually have quite a high body temperature, which is why I don’t do so well in the summer months. But even in the winter I’m still usually quite warm, my feet especially. That was the problem last night, my feet were burning up. They do that sometimes, I don’t know why but it’s quite uncomfortable, my husband will laugh at me sitting on the couch with my feet resting in a bowl of ice water. I managed to sleep, restlessly, from 4am to around 9am until I started getting too warm again and now I’m awake and out of bed.

I feel as though I haven’t slept well in a long time, it’s not usually the amount of sleep I’m getting because I can generally manage to get between 6 and 8 ours per night. I might have to sweet talk Mikey into taking a nap later today so that I can nap with him.

I spent the entire weekend taking portrait photographs, so it wasn’t as restful as I’d anticipated. I put a call out on my personal facebook asking if anyone would be willing to model for me so that I could practice and had 3 lovely replies.

If I’m honest, I thought it would be a lot easier than it was. I really don’t have any experience in taking portraits of people who are not active 3 year olds and was looking forward to taking photos of people who can stand still for more than 5 seconds. It wasn’t as easy as I expected, I don’t really have much idea how to pose people and apparently have slight issues with ordering people around. Then there’s lighting, when I’m taking photos of Mikey, for the most part the lighting is waiting for him to move into the right place. With these portraits I really had to think about how the light was falling, moving the models and myself accordingly and using a reflector. It was kind of the same as when I take photographs of food, except food doesn’t mind sitting in the same place for 20 minutes so that I can get the lighting right.

I was mostly pleased with how the portraits came out, but my own perfectionist nature also caused me to have a slight crisis of confidence when I realised just quite how much I still have left to learn. I’m just going to have to borrow people to photograph until I get better at it. And with that in mind, please feel free to leave constructive criticism in the comments.

You might also notice that I have a new blog design. Yesterday I was tinkering around with my template, to the point where I just completely broke it. So I said to myself that it’s time for a change. I think I still have to work out a different header though. I hope you all had a great weekend.

Photos linked to:
Sweet Shot Day

11 Comments

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  2. what you said is the greatest thing – i will just keep practicing until i get it right. AWESOME! I have many tutorials on my blog on how to capture beautiful portraits and today will really encourage you to keep practicing!

    you did a lovely job. as you learn more about lighting your shots will get better and more interesting :-) learn all you can about lighting and you will soon be taking shots without thinking about anything other than how creative you want your photos to be!
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    • Thank you, you’re right about the lighting… I need to get good enough at it to not have to consciously think about it quite so much, then there’s plenty of time to be considering other aspects of the photo.

      I got this far by just practicing, so it never hurts to just keep on until I get it right :) I’m going to go and read some of your blog posts later today :) thanks again!
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  3. Deb

    I think you did a fantastic job. I love the perspective of the first one and the light is just right in the last one. Really lovely portraits.
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  4. You did a great job! If my belly were sticking out a bit more (and my hair weren’t such a hot mess-note to self, make an appointment with the hairdresser!) I’d have you do some pregnancy photos of me. Maybe in a month or so?
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    • Thank you, and yes I would LOVE to do some photos for you :) We should still be here in a month, not really sure how that’s going down, but I’ll let you know when we know and we can plan accordingly!
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  5. I love it. What a wonderful job! You did such a great job with Jen’s pretty daughter. I love her : ) Don’t get stressed by how much you don’t know. Focus on what you do know. Keep practicing and having fun! : )
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