It’s that time of the intern season again! Time to teach the current interns everything I know about children’s portraiture. I have been photographing children full time for the past 3 years. If you would have told me in school that I would have speciality in this area of photography – I would have laughed at you. But, today, I couldn’t see my professional life without it!
In the workshop I discussed topics like how to make the most out of the photo shoot, appropriate poses for different ages, and equipment. The children in this workshop were 4, 5, 7, and 10 years of age!
Here are a few shots I took during the workshop in demonstration!
Here are a few images from the interns – make sure you look out for their blog posts THIS FRIDAY about their experiences!
Intern Becky Intern Kristi
Intern Michaella Intern LeeAnn
Read a little more about my past children’s portraiture workshop here!
And watch a video of the workshop here!
During intern critique night, the subject of “what makes a good head shot” came up. Since I photograph a lot of head shots – a lot – I thought I would put my two cents in on the subject!
I have specialized in head shots for the last 3 years. So, what makes a great head shot, you ask? Well, you might as well ask what makes a great photo. But, here are some pointers:
1. Connection. Eye contact is KEY. You want to be able to look at the image and feel the person is looking you in the eye. If your subject isn’t intrigued then neither will the person viewing photograph.
2. Simple backdrop. We are here to see the person in the photo, not where you took the photo. If the backdrop is visible then it should support the subject and not be distracting.
3. Clothing. Simple solid colors are always best. Also, try to avoid solid white – it can be distracting. The eye tends to go toward the brightest part of the image and you don’t want that to be the shirt your subject is wearing. Also, minimal jewelry.
4. Vertical: In my experience, comp cards are generally vertical. If you take a horizontal shot, make sure you pull back enough to where it can be cropped vertical. There is nothing worse than having your client love the (horizontal) shot you took only to hear they can’t use it because it can’t be cropped vertical.
5. Posing: Head shot means just that. Pose from the shoulders up and fill the frame. Don’t “cut off” the top of the head. Proper facial expressions can also affect posing. Change up expressions!
But, most importantly, you need a good photographer! You have to have fun and feel comfortable during a head shot session or it will reflect in the photo that is primarily, well, your face. Head shots are about capturing your personality, so make sure you bring it to your session.
I am proud to call the East Atlanta Village home. I have lived here for 4 years. My boyfriend works there. I eat there. I work out there. I shop there. Friends and family visit me there. But, recently home has been an unsettling place. A place where sometimes I now feel nervous.
Yes, I know I live in Atlanta. Yes, I know its a “big city”. Yes, I know bad people live here. But, I have never really felt any of that in the East Atlanta Village. It was almost like our close knit community was in a safe bubble. I never had any fears walking to my car at night after leaving from having dinner or hanging out at the pub having some drinks with friends. It wasn’t until months ago my boyfriend started telling me about what was really happening in the village. The jewelry store beside his work was robbed, a lady was held up at the bus stop in front of his work, a lady was assaulted and mugged walking to her car, and so on and so forth. My community had become violent.
Then we come to Saturday, May 25th on the corner of May Ave and Flat Shoals Ave. Patrick Cotrona is murdered. Murdered walking to the pub with friends. This could have been me…
I didn’t know Patrick personally, but as so many of us in the community feel, we really did know him. Just like we knew everyone who attended the vigil for Patrick and rally to STOP the violence this past Friday. Demanding the changes that have been asked for such as working street lights and police presence. The community gathered wearing yellow because “no one wears yellow”. Some of the speakers included Natalyn Archibong, an EAV resident who represents District 5 on Atlanta City Council, Kevin Spigener, President of the East Atlanta Community Association, Lauren Janis, East Atlanta Business Association. Some neighbors met one another for the first time and as letters to Patrick were written the community stood as one to let the criminals know who the East Atlanta Village belongs to!
The community came together with a simple message to STOP the violence. Luminaries with messages of love, hope, and faith lined the street to light up what was so dark on the night Patrick took his last walk. Since Patrick’s murder I have been stopped at a police check point twice. And I will gladly continue to stop until the shooter has been found. Until the violence has stopped. Until I feel comfortable again.
My thoughts are with the Cotrona family and everyone else affected by the violence.
The mayor, Kasim Reed, has offered a reward for any information.