Studio or Outdoors.....what do you prefer and why?
I thought I would bring up this wonderful question today due to a little lesson I ended up learning yesterday. I decided to grab the misses and do a little photo shoot in my studio. I don't normally grab her and bring her into my studio, and this is just one little reason why!
I wanted to do a little something different and found these cute little snowflake confetti/sequence things. I decided since they were shiny and silver, that they might make a cute little bokeh effect. So, I set the stage for her, got the snowflakes up, got my lights adjusted and then brought her down!
This is where I learnt my lesson lol. Apparently sticking the snowflakes on the wall was a HUGE mistake lol. She noticed them right off the bat and wanted to play with them. In the end I got a lot of pictures like this lol.
The snowflakes turned out to be my worst enemy in this case lol. I even tried giving her a couple that I didn't stick up on the wall, but apparently that wasn't good enough!
I was right though, the snowflakes did work as a cute easy little bokeh effect. Very cheap, and all I did was stick them to my walls lol.
I was shocked that out of the many many grumpy/crying faces that I did manage to get a couple decent shots. Nothing I was overly happy with. Never again will I stick things on my walls lol!
Here she is getting mad again, and all I wanted was just one shot of her and her fluffy hood :(. Guess I will have to wait for another day lol.
Almost had one here, but as you can see she is off to the right too much. Bah, keep trying lol!
Eventually I got a couple chuckles and some smiles, but of course she had to hide her smile! She really made me work yesterday lol.
Here's another example of her awesome stubbornness. I asked for a smile and told her she could go play with the snowflakes, but I had to have my smile first. This is what I got lol.
I tried to change it up but instead she just hid behind some flowers and the black feathers are a mask. I guess being the child to a photographer isn't always fun and easy lol.
So even though I have my own small studio, I prefer to be an outdoor, natural photographer. I find it gives me more freedom. If I am working with small children I do NOT have to worry about keeping them still. My daughter is a great example of this right now. She just turned 2 and does NOT care to sit still so mommy can take pictures. She wants to go and explore.
So, that's why I like to follow her taking pictures of what she does best. And if she wants to run around, she has all the freedom to do so. Therefore, most of my pictures of her come out with happy faces because im allowing her to do what she does best. Being her adventurous 2 year old self!
I am also one of those photographers that enjoy playing around in photoshop. I love being creative with my photos and pushing them to the extreme. I find that when I get to edit a series of photos that were taken outside versus studio is so much more fun.
I can really play with colors outside, tweaking them, changing them. But studio pictures tend to look a bit wonky if you get too creative with them.
Eventually I will get her in the studio on a better day and hopefully with some great pics. I have so many idea's I would love to do right now, but I guess I will just half to wait a bit longer!