This was taken over the weekend when he had the privilege to shoot a three generational Family on the beach in California, just north of San Diego. The Family arrived at around 5PM and we continued the shoot until close to 6:30PM. The sun set at 6PM, so this allowed us to use some off camera flash techniques to meter the wonderful colors of the sky, then light up the Family with some off camera flash. It was very dynamic to say the least. We had to continuous adjust positions, lighting, exposure, poses, depending on what was in the background, how the sun was setting and where the clouds were lighting up! It was not stressful, but it challenged us to think out every single shot as it was composed.
We started the session using available light. Using a Nikon D7000 and 70-200mm f2.8, we could shoot at will, as long as we were not shooting into the bright setting sun. The Clients chose a secluded area and close to a stone Getty that provided some shade. This shot was from around 45 degrees South from the sun line and allowed us to composed the image of both proud parents cradling their toddler. The contrast between large and small is wonderful, and the feeling of love and security is what we tried to accomplish. My partner and Wife, Kathleen, is “The Mistress of Posing”! I am just a geek Photographer…seems to work!