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September 17, 2010

New Assignment at Scott’s Place

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 4:23 pm
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Scott Thomas recently announced his latest photo assignment over at his blog: Portraiture.  The requirements are that it has to be a human (sorry Teddy and Daphne!) and that you explain how you do it.  This is an area in which I’d certainly like to improve.  For example:

Here’s my darlin’ girls right after getting haircuts- they wanted pictures for their Facebook profiles, so coaxing this impromptu photo session wasn’t too difficult.  We discovered quickly that they needed to get under our deck umbrella.  The bright sunshine was bleaching out their faces and making them squint.  The shot above was taken under the umbrella, but their eyes aren’t as wide open as I’d like.

I love the soft, glowing look of evening light. 

(oops, Maine snuck into my blog post once again!)  I’d love to be able to take advantage of this beautiful time of day for Scott’s assignment.  I wonder what the chances are that I’ll get nice weather with pretty light and a not-too-busy teenager in a good mood all at one time before September 29th? ( That’s Scott’s due date)   I’m thinking about the same that the Red Sox make it to the World Series this year!  😦


  1. These are beautiful! LOVE the first one… and the second one… but the FIRST one!! They’re both smiling and cooperating! Do you mind if I borrow your girls and pretend they’re mine for a few minutes while I take some pictures?
    I’m going to try to make my kids pose for some portraits this week-end and will need all the luck I can get! LOL

    Comment by thedailyclick — September 17, 2010 @ 6:04 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Michaela! I’d actually love it if you could spend some time with your camera and my girls! One more reason to make that trip to the northeast! 😉

      Comment by Karma — September 17, 2010 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

  2. What beautiful subjects! I wonder if I would take more photos of my kids if I had pretty girls rather than boys? Portraiture isn’t my favorite. I prefer non-complaining, cooperative flowers. However, after school one day this week Casey and I had a session on the front porch where we took turns photographing each other and they came out pretty good.

    Comment by Becky Sue — September 18, 2010 @ 8:59 am | Reply

    • Thank you, Becky. I agree, portraiture is not a favorite subject, although it is definitely something I’d like to improve on. Flowers are very cooperative! I’d love to see some pictures from your session with Casey. You should think about sending Scott a link if you post the pictures; it is a very nice community of bloggers and photographers there.

      Comment by Karma — September 18, 2010 @ 10:11 am | Reply

      • Part of my issue with portraits is that I don’t like the standard posed shots. I like something unique and spontaneous. I also don’t like the heavily edited and blown out skin tones that so many prefer.

        Comment by Becky Sue — September 19, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

  3. The first photo is beautiful. I bet they liked them for their facebook accounts! Looks like they had a lot of fun too.

    Comment by Mike Criss — September 19, 2010 @ 9:05 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Mike. And thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog!

      Comment by Karma — September 20, 2010 @ 3:58 pm | Reply

  4. This time of year you get some of the best evening light. I’d suggest putting them at a right angle to the Sun and have an assistant hold a reflector to open up the hard shadows this light creates.

    Good thinking to use the umbrella but I bet the light coming off the sand was still causing them to squint. Sand is as tough as snow is to control.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — September 20, 2010 @ 8:58 am | Reply

    • Sand? There’s definitely sand in the second shot, but not in the first, LOL! The first shot was taken in my humble, inland backyard! I will give your tips a try if I get the girls to cooperate!

      Comment by Karma — September 20, 2010 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

  5. You did really well Karen! You are certainly ‘thinking’ like a photographer! Remember…we are our own worst critics!

    I LOVE late afternoon light…just makes everything glow and that is the time when I shoot most of my portraits.

    Comment by milkayphoto — September 21, 2010 @ 11:07 am | Reply

    • Thanks, Tracy – but I hope to do better for Scott’s actual assignment. I do love that late day glow of light; I’m hoping for a nice opportunity this weekend.

      Comment by Karma — September 21, 2010 @ 12:11 pm | Reply

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