When a student/friend Resty Vergara hired me to photograph his family, I thought that would be a wonderful opportunity to also document the photo shoot with the help of my friends Steffen Urban, his lovely wife Cecilia and Marvin Sesuca.
For the family portrait, I carefully considered the following, not necessarily in any order:
- Time of the shoot
- Number of people in his family
Location & Time
If you thought the photography market is now super crowded because everyone who owns a DSLR, has a Facebook photo studio page these days, you’re probably correct.
I’m sure you’ve also noticed how crowded some of your local parks are, especially on the weekends.
So whenever possible, I try to schedule for weekdays.
I have my preferred locations but I also don’t want all my pictures to appear like they were all taken in the same exact location.
I want predictable results but it doesn’t mean I want every client’s picture to appear identical.
How much of a challenge is it if I have everything setup each time in a studio where none of the lights are moved at all?
I do worry that if parks become so overrun by photographers doing portraits, the day may come when ‘someone in local government’ may decide to charge photographers for the use of this resource much like how it is at the beaches in Los Angeles county and city of Laguna Beach, or county parks in Orange county.
So… behave photographers and don’t go to fisticuffs over who was at a location first. Nothing good can come out of this sort of behavior.