Monday, September 22, 2008

Its A Family Affair...

Meet Mike, Fiona & Sidnee. We totally enjoyed this session. The mood was good and Fiona carried the vibe. She is a natural! Her excitement about being photographed pregnant made my work sooo much easier. Mike was a good-natured, more laid back person who followed directions very well. The session took place in Andy's Basement Studio. A really cool guy with a great photo studio set up!

For me this shoot was also to depict the support of family during this period. Pregnancy is a family affair so I was glad for the inclusion of their daughter Sidnee. I shot a close up of the belly with each person's hand touching, signifying support and perhaps, anticipation...

Shot with my Nikon D300 and a Nikon 24 - 80mm lens. For lighting I used a 40" x 32" Soft box on a Bowens Esprit Gemini 500 as main light, and another with a snoot as back light. I also used a pair of Bowens Pulsar wireless triggers for enhanced flexibility. Thank God Andy didn't take out his Nikon D3, its presence probably would have affected my D300 performance... heheh. ISO200 was constant, but toggled the shutter speed and aperture settings. I did some editing in Apple's Aperture 2.1.1, including the b/w conversion.

5 comments:

D.Go said...

Wow, you've done it again...absolutely fantastic. You obviously had excellent subjects but I still praise how you've managed to capture the family bond and the expectation for this their newest addition. The interplay with the family members, whether contrived by you or naturally done by them, is stunningly represented in the pictures. I love the different moods set by the black and white backgrounds, but my favourite piece by far is the "hands touching the belly". That to me is such a poignant picture, one of anticipation as so rightfully said by you, but also of protection. To me, the best photographer is one who not only captures a well-composed picture, but captures the unseen elements, the emotions, the story behind the picture. Pregnancy looks so beautiful and revered in this shoot and so you have obviously earned the title. Love it!

Salfrico said...

Wow! Am at a loss for words... Am flattered by your comments D.Go, thanks alot! Am very happy that somebody else was able to tap into the underlying message in the photos. your words are an inspiration. thanks again...

Sharifa said...

Al, these are amazing! You are just so talented...photog & really capturing special moments is your gift.

You know who will have to do mine when the time comes, right?

Pëbblës said...

Seymour, Seymour, Seymour... You have a gift for capturing human emotion digitally. I love these photos, Great work... I hope if i ever decide to sport a belly you will do my shots...Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!

LWJ said...

Even after having the distinct pleasure of being present at this shoot, I am still totally in awe of the outcome.
You've managed to beautifully capture the essence of this truly loving and good-natured family. As a unit they have unbelievable love, energy and spirit and you've managed to capture every heartbeat :)