Digital Photography

All the ones

I had the great pleasure on Friday lunchtime (11-11-11) of visiting a local country park and photographing a friend and her sweet (almost exactly, just one day to go) 1-year-old boy.

family portrait

I was after just such a willing volunteer – after my previous family photoshoot earlier in the year I have been pondering over doing more of this type of photography and I wanted to work out a few things…

  • Did I have the right skills?
  • How long would it take to do the photoshoot?
  • Do I have the right equipment?
  • How long would it take to do the post-production?
  • Was it fun?

Well, thanks to my two gorgeous models I am much closer to having definitive answers to those questions.


Do I have the skill?

Some of them, yes, but I can see there’s still lots I need to learn and adjust to. I definitely need to do more corralling of my models and give feedback about what’s looking good and not so good.

Look at me!

How long will a photoshoot take?

I was pleasantly surprised with how much we achieved in just over an hour. That’s a long time for a little one.

watch the birdy!

Do I have the right equipment?

I am lucky enough to have some amazing photographic equipment – the camera I used (Canon 5D MkII) was faultless, the lenses though gave varying results.


The 135mm was the star, it was long enough that I didn’t have to get right into peoples faces, it worked well in lowish light, amazing depth of field, but what really made it stand out was the speed that it focussed. A big lesson I learnt is that getting to people to make ‘nice’ faces at exactly the same moment is a split-second thing when one of the models is only a year old – you need that focus there in an instant.

it's up there!

The 85mm f/1.8 was WAY too slow to focus, didn’t even come close on a lot of shots. The 17-40mm was slightly better – the wide-angle, there was a little more light about when I was using this one though so it wasn’t a very scientific test. Suffice to say I am now drooling over lens review websites!


How long will the post-production take?

This is the bit I thought would be the most familiar and straightforward but actually took a lot longer than expected. Rather than dealing with photos on a one-by-one basis I think it’s important to treat them as a group of images that should have a relationship with the others in the group. The lesson here is to get super-slick with using Lightroom (and look at getting some more RAM).

a gift

Was it fun?

Oh, yes!


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  • Reply
    14 November 2011 at 23:36

    These are simply lovely, Angie!

    • Reply
      16 November 2011 at 00:26

      Thanks, Roxanne – having lovely models was a big help! :)

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    Toni Ruckwood
    15 November 2011 at 08:33

    Another brilliant set Angie. Your framing, depth of field control and that de-saturated look make them stand out for me.

    • Reply
      16 November 2011 at 00:27

      Thanks Toni :) You know I likes me the DoF!

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    15 November 2011 at 12:48

    Lovely photos Angie – my little boy looks so gorgeous I could eat him.

    • Reply
      16 November 2011 at 00:28

      He does indeed look positively edible! #chomp

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    15 November 2011 at 19:04

    These photos are adorable! What a cute little boy.

    • Reply
      16 November 2011 at 00:28

      Thanks Eva – he is indeed a cutie-pie of the highest order!

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    17 November 2011 at 10:18

    Hello Angie,
    What a lovely photo shoot! I’ve got a one-year-old myself and can certainly appreciate the need for a fast lense.
    I just wanted to thank you also for your blogging style. I really adore how you so openly and honestly blog about your journey in photographing. I also want to applaud you for stepping out of your comfort zone and for trying new, bold things (like portraits). I would like to venture there too.
    You’re giving me the courage to give it a go!

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      21 November 2011 at 14:30

      Hi Kristi, thank you so much – it’s my absolute pleasure! (I love your website and photos – I am sure you’d have brilliant results whatever sort of photography you tried) :) x

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