It took me a while to do portraits of my younger daughter. She had her plate full last school year with her academics along with her school volleyball, club volleyball, and high school chamber orchestra. Most of her weekends were pre-occupied with traveling, if not it was volunteering. I had the pleasure to accompany her when she was on the run.
My daughter is like any other teenager who aren't very enthusiastic about taking "proper photographs". "Proper photograph" involves a lot of time commitment. It all starts with the vision, concept, planning, dress choice, background, lighting, posing, last but not least editing. She wanted her portraits with her volleyball team jersey and with her orchestra formal dress. That makes more sense because I haven't seen her without those two outfits on the weekend.
One Saturday morning, I was doing measurement of the studio light output and setting up the backdrop which would best fit for her clothing. In the mean time Raisa was doing her hair and little eye makeup. I wanted to see the very best of her while she came into my studio for her portraits.
As I always explain to my subject during the session, whether it is the clients or my own peeps that I don't need their smile that comes when they think of cheese, I would rather like to see their smile when they are themselves. Then I work on head and body position to the light and from my camera angle. Lighting to the subject is the one that I want to make sure is just right. If the subject is petite, I would pose differently than the subject is wide. My daughter is petite, so I had her face/body towards the light. She is also very sensitive about her delicate/beautiful hair. I also wanted to play little bit with her hair, not so much, so I used a high velocity fan while she was posing with her violin.
I wanted to paint one of her portraits from this series. I already had a plan how many pictures I would take for a wall collection that I envisioned prior to the session. I needed a set of five or six max for the wall that I am thinking of hanging those images. I'm thinking of either acrylic (modern look) or traditional framed canvas for the wall in my daughter's room. Once I get approval from everyone about how it looks, they will be sent out to the lab for printing. Let me share all the images that I worked on for the past several weeks. If you need help with your idea to décor your wall portraits, just send me your room view and we will start from there. Design consultation is always complementary.
Wishing you and your family Happy Memorial Day. Remembering all the brave soldiers who gave away their lives for their country. Enjoy your long weekend with your family and friends.
Sonia Ahmad is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) based in Cypress, TX. She specializes in personal portrait session includes Seniors, Teens and tweens, Women's personal branding, Mother & Daughter, Glamour and fashion, Headshots. See more portrait session in the gallery.