I could so relate when I read that Kristin of Images by Kristin
said, “My sister later laughed that of all the places to shoot, they were surprised (but in the end, very pleased) that I picked this spot. While she and her husband saw ‘the weeds that they hadn’t yet sprayed’, I saw beautiful blooms in the Queen Anne’s Lace.”
I think we always see something different than what our clients or others see…they see dirt we see an amazing backdrop. It’s gaining the clients trust to know that we know what we are doing and will do it well……as long you trust us. That is the key.
Love this family session – it makes me smile and want to run through a field.
Before we get to our Q&A with Kristin…..what are somethings that you guys want to know about our featured photographers?!…do you have an BURNING questions?!! Let us know and we’ll make sure we get the answers for you!!!
Why do you shoot? What drives you? What inspires you?
My goal while shooting is to provide families with the same memories (of my own family) that I want to hold onto for the next 50 years. I love the energy and vibe that is unique to every family and the different path I take with each shoot to guide the family. I find myself laughing a lot with while I am shooting and that usually shows in the images as genuine, connected moments. I feel I’ve done my job well when a mom needs Kleenex when seeing their session slideshow. Am I awful for loving those tears? Tears mean that I did my job well.
Which camera/lens are your favorites and why?
My typical flow for a family session is to start with my 70-200, because I can get beautiful shots while giving the kids some space and time to warm up to me. If I’m shooting with my 70-200, I am usually shooting at 200mm, so the young kids aren’t feeling like they are being photographed. With my 70-200 I am looking for natural framing and environmental shots and thinking about the shot to hang over the fireplace. Once I have those shots, I encourage more interaction and movement to balance the posed shots with shots showing family connection. I then move on to my 85mm f/1.4 for it’s beautiful bokeh and individual shots of the kids, siblings together and parents. With senior sessions, I usually start with my 85mm and change out lenses for the look I want. I typically end every session with my wide angle lens (either a 24mm prime or a 16-35mm zoom) to get in the kid’s space and encourage them to be goofy and fun. I also love to use my wide angle for sun flare shots.Do you use only natural light or flash or reflectors?
I shoot most of my family sessions with natural light. I always have strobes and reflectors as backup, but find with the activity of young kids, it’s just easier to roll with finding the nice pockets of natural light. I love to mix in OCF with my senior sessions, where the pace is much slower and the subject is cooperative.
Any tips for shooting children?
I let a child’s reception to me guide the pace of the shoot. With timid children, I start with the larger family shots and work into individual portraits. I like to use parents as a prop for the shy child. While I have a sequence in my head of what I want to shoot, and where, I am quick to adapt to work in the shots as I see them. With kids, it’s important to keep the session fun or they quickly lose focus and become frustrated.
Favorite place to shoot and why?
Living in the Pacific Northwest, I have learned to love to shoot in the forests and on the fringes of open spaces. On the fringe, I can find nice directional light, force backlight if needed, and can generally find plenty of overgrown shrubs and trees to use for framing. I also love the directional light in the local sheds and barns (one benefit to living in a rural area). Generally, my goal is to arrive at a location and find little niches that other photographers might overlook.
Best piece of advice you could give to a new photographer?
Don’t rush into client work too soon. Work on mastering your camera, exposure and different lighting scenarios before putting yourself in front of clients.
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Have a fabulous Easter weekend!!