Four Girls (Four Years)

This is the fourth year I’ve had the honor of shooting this family’s Christmas card photos. And I very much look forward to it! I’ve got to see them grow up, which is made all the more significant because I only see them once a year. The littlest one was a few weeks old the first time I made their portraits. Just makes me all oogly inside. (Probably because I have two boys and will never see the other side of raising kids.)

Technical details: the group shot was lit with an 43″ umbrella, camera left, with a Metz Mecablitz 60 strobe. I kept a light touch with the lighting on this one, and had the ambient and strobe balanced pretty evenly. It’s just enough to give a pop to their faces without looking “lit”. The individual portraits above were all ambient light, and it’s just a matter of finding the right background with the right amount of sky in the right place. The group image and some of the individuals were shot on my Bronica ETR-s, but I also had my Mamiya 645AF and even my Olympus OM-4, as I had rolls of film to finish in each of those cameras! Film was Kodak Portra 400 throughout.


4 thoughts on “Four Girls (Four Years)

  1. Good job with the lighting Matt. I know exactly what you mean with finding the balance between popping out the subject’s faces without looking β€œlit”. Seems like it worked well in this shoot – thanks, Ansley.

  2. I love these! I didn’t think that I would like them all in black tops (maybe brighter colors), but I actually really do. Yes, the lighting is great, it’s refreshing to visit blogs of photographers who know what they are doing. πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks! Brighter colors would have worked better with the green of their back yard, but there’s an elegance to them that also works.

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