On most occasions, my model is my little girl. Fun, unpredictable, and usually cooperative for about, say, thirty seconds? It’s hard to shoot with her but there’s never a dull moment (and lots and lots of glorious outtakes).
Today, I had lunch with my sister-in-law, R, an adorable girl who, kindhearted soul that she is, tolerated me taking photos of her during our little date to celebrate her birthday. It was during this outing that I realized just how different it is to have a grown-up model. They listen! They actually stop moving long enough for you to compose your shot! It’s fairly obvious, I know, but it felt so new to me for some reason. (It probably just means I need to get out more… Noted.)
In general I enjoy taking landscapes more than portraits, but I had so much fun today that I’m tempted to try more portraits some time. (R kindly agreed to be my guinea pig so I’m hoping to take her up on her offer someday soon. Watch out, R!)
Anyway, if you have any tips about portrait photography and capturing natural and candid moments, I’d love to know.