Will You Take Pictures Of….???
Surely these are the words that strike fear, panic, dread, (insert appropriate word here) into the heart of every photographer, hobbyist and professional alike? You see, if you have a “nice camera” then obviously you’re fair game for relatives and friends looking for “nice” photos? To be honest, by and large, once there’s not significant effort involved, I don’t mind obliging – but that is what it is – obliging. As much as I enjoy the process of actually taking photographs, I have found that this is actually only when I know that the resulting images are something I will be happy with, which inevitably the “nice” images for friends are not a category that these fall into 🙁
However recently, I took some photos of my niece Beth’s First Holy Communion and for the first time, I actually enjoyed the process and indeed am happy with the final image. I guess this was the first time I applied a lot of the techniques I use in my usual work, which made it feel more like fun and made the output resemble something along my style. Rather than shooting in a home or garden, we went to a venue where I knew the light would be good, where the colours would be complimentary and most importantly would be congruous to the subject.
Shot using window light and a long lens, I just clicked away. Beth was a star – she took directions like a pro 🙂 Having her avoid thinking about the iPad she was going to purchase with her loot and to look holy for a little while was a challenge, but one she met head on. In this one I had her turn her body slightly and look up, engaging the light. Ok, so it’s not a stereotypical communion shot, but perhaps that’s why I like it? So much so, it may even grace the entry of a few salons 😯