My First Kid Portraits! | GoodNCrazy Photography

2014 May 19

Thanks to my friend for letting me experiment on her kids in her backyard!

 

kids portraits May 2014 siblings in black and white with sepia wash goodncrazy photography carissa rogers

This shot was just as wonderful in all its bright color and light glory but I was playing with a black and white effect with a sepia wash and sort of fell in love with this look. What do we think?

 

kids portraits May 2014 GIRL portrait in woods goodncrazy photography carissa rogers

The little ones always steal the show right? She has a broken arm and was pretty much willing to do anything I asked her. But here at the VERY END of the photo shoot… I caught a glimpse of something perfect when she wasn’t even really smiling. I asked her to keep looking out over my head like that and I snapped and snapped and snapped. The sun is behind her but the house is in front of her and the white siding was reflecting the light back in her eyes!!

DUDE. That’s like winning the lottery! I admit I popped out her eyes a little bit in Lightroom 4, but all that shiny bouncy reflected light on her lips and nose and cheeks is simply magic!

The bokeh effect of the light and trees behind her is the easy stuff people! Catching the light on her FACE like that is the real happy point.

 

kids portraits May 2014 girl over shoulder goodncrazy photography carissa rogers

Again almost the same situation with the big sister here. The light behind filtering through the trees is divine! And her face is evenly lit but I didn’t get that reflected light like with her little sister… I’ll try harder next time.

 

kids portraits May 2014 boy 2 portrait in woods goodncrazy photography carissa rogers

He was a trooper. Clearly not thrilled with the whole ‘photo shoot’ thing, and NO WAY was he showing teeth in a smile! But I talked the sisters into making fart sounds to get him to smile a WHOLE lot more naturally than he was initially willing to give me.

The light is more direct on his face and WOW does he have dark eyes or what? I really like the lighting this way, but I had to work to get some of the shadows out of his face in the post editing.

Time For A Lightroom Love Fest

I bought Lightroom 4 over a year ago and finally…
I’m a true believer. BOTTOM line for me is that it’s so much faster to go through my photos from a trip, a photo shoot or a local strawberry festival and quickly get rid of anything I KNOW I’m not going to use.

They call that: Work Flow.
My work flow is MUCH faster and flow-y now.

Second thing about Lightroom making my photography life easier is once I have the lighting edits the way I want for one photo it’s easy to copy those exact edits to all the other photos in a similar lighting setting. (And Lightroom is amazing at post edit lighting.)

I’m slowly locating Lightroom Presets, and even better, I’m creating a few of my own. Often with one click you can edit a photo with a preset and that’s it! I am using the free ones from ColesClassroom right now. Plus his youtube tutorials are super helpful.

Currently I shoot in camera raw and open photos directly in Lightroom, importing them into a DNG format and immediately deleting any images that are blurry or wrong in some way. Then I categorize the images I deem worthy of lighting adjustments and work on those photos. And finally I only export my favorites into a JPEG format in their own final edit folder.

Potentially I’m going from hundreds of photos down to the best 50 or 100 photos in really a short amount of time.

The photos above are not further edited in Photoshop Elements. But sometimes I move over to Photoshop if I need to.

I’ve also found that really working hard to get the white balance perfect before shooting solves a LOT of my post editing skin tone and color issues. I will write up my white balance steps in the next photo post!

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  1. May 19, 2014

    Thank you so much for using the presets, I am thrilled that you love them :) Keep up the awesome work!

    Cole

  2. May 20, 2014

    If you need any other experiment children, let me know…although, they might be more like candids ;)The pictures look great!!

    • May 20, 2014

      Let’s schedule a time that’s best for her… and if you’re up for it we can do mother daughter shots too??
      At a park maybe so she can play a lot in between

  3. May 21, 2014

    Adorable kids and great work especially for your first time out. Can’t wait to see more from you!
    Twitter: mommybknowsbest

  4. May 21, 2014

    I’ve been so slack with photography lately! I really need to get my butt out and take some decent shots of my kids. They are growing so fast. I’m still using CS4, but debating the switch to Lightroom.
    Twitter: mamamommymom

  5. May 21, 2014

    Lightroom and Photoshop are on my wish list. I keep telling myself one day. I need to take more pictures of my kids at this stage. AK is 8 weeks old and won’t stay this little forever. It’s fourth child syndrome I think. I didn’t get maternity pictures done or newborn pictures. I’m running out of time!!
    Twitter: wcornelison

  6. May 21, 2014

    The black and white photo with the sepia finish is definitely my favorite. There’s just something classic and timeless about black and white pictures. On another note, after seeing your photography skills, I definitely feel like I need to take a beginners photography class or something. LOL.
    Twitter: yummommies

  7. May 21, 2014

    Beautiful shots, as always. You have a great eye.
    Twitter: mym0mmybrain

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