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All the best,
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"What are your top 3 tips for portrait photography?"
I've been teaching photography for the last couple of months to two students, and we are beginning to get on to working with people.
Almost 100 million of you own an iPhone: and I won't be surprised if you, that are reading this, have one.
If you're one of the 4 people that don't own an iPhone, fear not, you probably have two cameras on your phone. Happy days.
Summer is just around the corner and there will be times that you are out with your family and you want to take a photo to remember the day. How beautiful!
Different facial expressions, different angles, different lighting.
Don't overkill the moment, but you want to be able to tell a little story.
The great thing with Instagram now-days is that they enable you to upload a few photos at a time to tell the story. You also won't have an arm as steady as a pro or as steady as a tripod, so limit the possibility of having the dreaded blurry photo and click click click!
Objects, buildings or people in the background are rarely things that enhance the look of a portrait. You want the attention to go straight to the subjects in the portrait. Using a long focal length or narrow depth of field will help you to blur backgrounds, but when you're using your phone with a large depth of field, make sure you haven't got a dog poo bin in the background, or some randomer bending over.
Sometimes this is hard to do because of the location - but you do have the option to crop in post production #helpful.
Have some fun
I haven't had a family go away from a shoot thinking "wow that was boring" - we keep it fun, and have a laugh during the shoot. Obviously the corporate photography I do is a completely different context, but who wants a boring photography experience? Not me.
Going back to my note about the summer - really live in the moment (#cheesy). Seriously! Don't spend so long on your phone trying to get the best filter while you're out with your friends / family, have fun, and be savvy enough to capture the moment on your phone.
(psst, for the record, I shoot family photography, so book me for a session and I'll shoot memorable portraits of your family!)
Keep your eyes peeled for competitions - but don't wait if you want to book a family shoot!
These kids were some of the most well behaved kids I have had the pleasure of working with: Saul, the little one, kept running away, but we still got some beautiful portraits of him!
The Wilson Family won a family photo shoot competition on my Facebook page a little while back: they won a shoot, and a Facebook cover photo. Here's what I sent them, and they will be purchasing their products at their viewing. How exciting!
Portraits are not easy - self portraits are REALLY not easy.
If you know me at all, you will know my "look" has changed significantly in the last two years or so. I've gone from having short to long hair.
I look really different.
So, I set out to take some new self portraits. I put together a studio set up and new the type of look I was going for.
Here was what I achieved:
Now, the other thing that has changed over the last two years is that I've gone and got myself a wonderful girlfriend, Bethany-Rose White:
Thank you Jesus.
When I showed Beth the self portrait I achieved, her reaction was underwhelming.
And a bit disappointing.
But the thing we have learnt in our relationship is complete honesty - she knew that the self portrait I took may have looked sharp and professional, but it didn't represent my personality.
After a lot of denial, I had to agree with her.
She then took this portrait of me on her polaroid camera when we were out on a date together: I knew it was tonnes better.
Thank you Betty!
What do you think?
Lightstock is such a great company.
I love how I get to shoot non-cheesy, faith focused stock photography.
Kate & I got together and shot some photos that communicated prayer, worship & lament in her Dads church and the church I work!
Have a look and see what you think!
Well, this was an interesting shoot.
A couple of weeks ago I had an enquiry for a head shot shoot.
Fairly simple, you would think.
I then proceeded to have a chat with a lovely chap on the phone, from Australia, 81 years of age, who called himself "Crocodile Bob" - we booked the shoot!
Trouble was, Crocodile Bob didn't have a mobile, or email.
How did he get in contact with me then?
I'm glad you asked; Bob went through the lovely Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and they recommended me to take his head shots!
I felt privileged.
The tough part was getting him his invoice, and finding him for the shoot.
I then found him in a pub over an hour early after receiving a phone call from a local newsagents who figured it was me that he was looking for. We ended up having a pint in the local pub and then we did the shoot.
Considering all of that, Bob did spiffingly. Check out the shots!
So no matter how old you are, or what communications issues you may have, I can cater for them. Here's the evidence.
I put out a message last week inviting you to ask any question to do with photography and here was one of the questions:
"How do you go about choosing a location for a family shoot?"
If you're lucky enough to have been brought up in a family that did stuff together; going out together and doing fun things, you'll probably have a handful of places that have some sort of meaning to them.
For me and my family, the beach and the glen up in Walmer are places we love to go and walk our dog at. But for you, it may be a specific part of the beach, your very own garden, or a street you always tend to walk through together.
So when I have a booking with a family, I ask them the question:
"Is there a place of significance or meaning that you and your family like to go?"
If your not a deep and meaningful family you're not necessarily boring, but you may not have a particular place you like to go to with your family. That's not a problem!
Here, I then have a list of places that look LOVELY and are fun to go to.
We then choose a place that suits each family.
If you have a question you'd love to ask, send me a message or comment on this post.
Yes, you read it right!
"But you already DO blog posts?"
Correct, but I haven't done many blog posts about teaching on photography.
I am currently teaching a few students photography on their Duke of Edinburgh "skill", and thought I would begin posting a few tips.
Do YOU have any questions about photography? Running a business? Or LIFE?
Comment below, I'd love to hear from you.
Who's ready for an honesty bomb? Alice was insanely hard to cater for - she's my sister, and pickier than 99% of the clients I've worked with.
I love her to bits though, and it's her vision of excellence which sets her above the average performer. She pushed me, I pushed her, and we achieved some of the best head shots I've shot to this day.
I'm not being funny though, you could be in these shots if you booked with me. You might not be blonde and look like Alice, but I'm sure you'll still look beautiful.
I'm not just announcing a popular thing to put in a burger, but the name of this beautiful family's dog! Too cute.
Check the Wright family out.
Remember; family photo sessions are £60!
You MUST remember Alex Rose?
He's just released an album on iTunes called "Happier Songs": go check it out!
Here's some shots we did recently to keep his portfolio fresh.
Guess who took advantage of the family vouchers?
The Patterson Family!
Sheelagh & Hayden bought a family photo shoot voucher for their son and his family. What a lovely idea!
To celebrate, I've just launched a Facebook competition!
I'm giving away a FREE family photo shoot to one lucky family. If you win, you'll win:
- Family Photo Session
- Viewing at your house
- Facebook Cover Photo
Intrigued? All you have to do is follow these three steps:
/// "LIKE" Tom Keenan Photography on Facebook (www.facebook.com/tomkeenanphotography)
/// "LIKE" the competition photo
/// "COMMENT" on it as to why you would love to win it for your family
Then you'll be in the chance of winning!
Deadline is Thursday 15th December at 7pm, and the winner will be announced by Saturday 17th December.
GOOD LUCK! And Merry Christmas.
You would be correct if you recognised him.
This top lad booked a session with me a couple of years ago and is always wanting to stay on top of his game as an actor, dancer, performer.
He knows that it is crucial to maintain a current image, without it looking dated.
Without sounding too much like my Dad, aren't these shots cool though?
You wouldn't think this set of photographs was shot in the middle of October!
But it sure was! Lovely family: super friendly, and they have bought a load of products to create an inventive collage on a feature wall in their house.
It's pretty rare that friends and their families book shoots with me, but when they do it's really fun! Here's some beautiful photos of the Scanlons. The have chosen some stunning products to mount on their walls - I can't wait to deliver them!