Sorry, I’ve been holding out on you. Too many irons in the fire. Here’s some images from the spring issue of Delaware Bride Magazine, shot on location at Longwood Gardens last fall (when magazines could still afford to hire photographers).
This one came together pretty easily, a softbox to fill the shadows from camera right and multiple takes of flying cards so I had something to work with in post.
Shot toward the end of the day and time was running short. Kids being kids, you only have a short amount of time to work with them before you lose their interest, especially later in the day. So in the interest of expediency, this is a composite of several photos. The secret is to concentrate on one child at a time, like multiple takes in a film scene, and then to stitch together the best images. Sorry this is a small version, I’ll try to get a larger one up on the portfolio pages so you can see how great their expressions came out…
This double-page spread was shot at the worst possible time of day. If it were up to me, I would have split the shoot over 2 days so I could have shot with better light in the morning and evening, but you know, budgets and all. So time to make lemonade.
Longwood is gorgeous of course, and a great place to shoot – especially when the art director has the foresight to shoot their spring issue in the fall when there are still leaves on the trees. The weather really cooperated with us in that it hadn’t gotten too cold (even though we shot in November) so the leaves hadn’t changed color too much. I did have to tweak some minor color out of the background in a couple of shots, but nothing too major. We also had a perfect day to shoot, with temps in the upper 60’s thankfully – I feel for models who have to stand out in the winter freeze in spring fashions and pretend they’re not freezing…
Here’s some behind-the-scenes stuff: