Hi all and thanks for tuning in for my latest blog entry. Regular readers will know that a recurring feature is discussing how I arrived at a particular image - in this case, one of my favourites from the last few months: Prada Baby.
I'm always looking for original ideas for any type of shoot, whether it be a portrait session, a wedding or event or, in this case a family shoot featuring a very young baby - the gorgeous Anaya.
One thing I always ask my clients to do is have a think about particular images that they want to capture - I don't pretend to have all the ideas in the world and I think that's an important point for any photographer. Yes, I arrive at shoots having prepared but it's important to be open to clients' ideas.
And this is a great example; I'd asked the mother to think about somewhere cool where we could place the baby other than a basket - and that's how little Anaya ended up snoozing in a haute couture accessory.
So how did we get the shot? It was, in fact, a very simple process.
Firstly, and most importantly, we ensured that Anaya was comfortable and secure by placing blankets inside the bag to support her.
I wanted a high key look where everything is very bright, especially the background - this is to make the bags vibrant blue really stand out and also to ensure there are no distractions. So we set Anaya up in the brightest room in the house; the bag is on a white rug with a large window letting in lots of bright light in the background.
For better composition and perspective, I got down to the same level as Anaya. To shoot this, I was lying on my stomach. That's an easy way to get more striking images of kids by the way - get down to their level.
The key to the final look was to ensure that Anaya and the bag were properly exposed and to to let the background deliberately blow out (i.e. get over-bright) as a result. I also used a little bit of flash (bounced behind me) to lift the shadows on Anaya.
When editing, I further brightened the background and edited out any distracting elements. This ensured that the image is solely about Anaya and the bag.
Let me know your thoughts - do you like the image? Are there any particular themes you'd like to see me explore in future blogs (kit reviews, particular image types, shooting events?).
Thank you for reading. I've got lots of ideas for future blogs and look forward to sharing them with you.