Brittany Staddon: a photography interview

I know Snow and its almost summer???? Well, we had a long backlog and its also going into winter for our fans in Australia and New Zealand so all seasons are fair here.  So here is an interview with Brittany Staddon all about shooting in the snow plus more.

“I rarely shoot maternities however when Jayme from Paper Deer Photography contacted about doing her families I knew it was going to be something special. She has been documenting the pregnancy with the help of her husband on her blog with the addition of comparing their little’s ones size with fruits. I drove to their home in Red Deer, Alberta were we shot in wonderfully decorated house and their 2.5 year old son. Afterwards we drove to a snow covered field outside of the city because nothing says winter on the prairies like this kind of scenery.”
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1.  The snow… do you meter or expose differently for the snow?  And to catch the blue sky?
I spot meter for proper skin tones however if that causes the snow to be blown out I may underexpose just a touch as I want to insure the snow has detail. Thankfully the sun was partially blocked by some wispy clouds on this day so the snow kept its detail without many specular highlights. The wonderful thing about snow is it can act as a reflector creating awesome portrait lighting.

2. Your compositions are amazing.  How do you think of those negative space compositions?  What do you look at to inspire you?  
Thank you. I have always found myself drawn to work that effectively uses negative space. When I am at a distance I take my time in composing the images, I’m better waiting for those subtle changes. In addition it seems people act more spontaneously and themselves with a bit of distance. At a recent wedding I was a fair distance from the couple and she proceeded to tap him on the nose – a little endearing gesture that I got from afar but doubt would of happened if I was standing alongside them. I’m not sure where I draw information from in terms of those compositions however my favourite photographer is Emmanuel Smague. I hardly remember how or when I stumbled upon his work but I find his ability to capture people and the world around himself fascinating.

3.  How long is each family shoot?
Generally they last for around two hours however depending on how the kids are feeling or acting, or whether we are moving locations they may go around three hours. I take my time with them and make sure no one is feeling pressured.

4. Also.. is this film or digital?
This is all digital work.

5. cameras, lenses?  film? or actions?
5D Mark II (primarily), 5D Mark III, 50mm, 35mm and a really modified VSCO.


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