Practicing portraits with the mini muse…..
I decided tonight I wanted to have a little play so I threw the studio up and had a mini photo shoot with my mini muse.
I don’t want the obvious smiley, happy staged stuff I just want to try to capture a personality in a very simple way so at the moment I don’t direct her much I want to let her think she is driving it (that way I get to shoot her for longer) and to be honest the rare times she allows me to photograph her I really just go with the flow.
I am not happy with these shots to be honest. I cocked up by changing my lens half way through and not re-setting for that and also metering for her sat down and then shooting her stood up and in a totally different position so I really did cock-up with the lighting because of that. I ended up with shadows and all sorts of things that were not right at all.
However, just doing this when you are just starting out with portraits and flash photography is the only way to learn. You take them and when you look at them your mistakes are just so very glaringly obvious. I know that for the longest time I will get so, so many things wrong and that is the only way to eventually get things just right.
Getting things wrong is good. It really does focus you to decipher exactly why that happened.
Mistakes aside, albeit not technically good at all I do quite like these shots because they do just capture her personality totally. These portray her attitude, stubbornness, the not so sure of who she is and the half-smile that is always right there on the surface if you dig deep enough. I personally love the one where she is looking away from the camera clutching her skirt and biting her lip and the one where she faces the camera yet she still hugs herself shows which shows her vulnerability. That for me shows the very small child who is still very present still in her almost teenage frame.
So technical aside, I can see that this may be a really good and interesting path to go down for me as a photographer and while I can easily shoot her because I know her, my challenge is can I get that from a child, or adult that I don’t know?
So, for now the portraits are very much based in a mini studio setting and very bland apart from sheer personality of my subject (I hope) until I get that technically ‘just so’ then I hope for a bit of both maybe. Then I will venture onto the next stage… as you know with me… it is always slowly, slowly get one thing right before moving onto the next stage.
My plan is that I want to re-create these shots when I have learnt much, much more about how to get everything perfect in and off camera. So here are the very first efforts and I hope that in a few months I can post some similar shots that are much improved and I can share my learning journey from today to then.