This is the final countdown…
4 Days left of my 30-day portrait challenge. I actually still have a lot more ideas than days, so I think I will keep the OCF challenge going in one way or the other once my March challenge is over.

My Apollo Orb by Westcott is one of my favorite modifiers. I love the soft, diffused light that it produces and it is big enough that I can also use it as a background like I did in this post. For today’s post, I moved it to the front of my delightful model, Harlan, to try a new look.

The Light Setup

I started out with just the Octobox placed in front and partly over my subject’s head. I was bumping against it as I shot because it was so close to her.

I wanted to decrease the dark shadows under her throat so we placed a white reflector on her lap to add some fill light to the shadows.

Her Dad came downstairs to check out how she was doing and she gave him a glowing smile followed by a wave that reminded me of a Queen sitting atop her motorcade car in a parade.
You’re killing me smalls. All that adorableness.

Harlan was super sweet to volunteer her time with me and I really appreciated her help in making these images.

Lessons Learned

  • Take pictures of the “off” moments. The images of her waving are by far my favorites. Her whole face glowed to see her Dad.
  • I love shooting this age range. They are not to the point where they feel uncomfortable with the camera and they are always so fun to work with.

I really appreciate all the people who have been volunteering their time (and their children’s time) to help me out with this challenge. I know my own kids are thankful as well, they are enjoying the break.

Happy creating!


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