When I arrived at this shoot and was told that this family “didn’t take themselves too seriously, and planned to do a fun-themed photo shoot,” I was over the moon. They went with a British hunting theme with a pompous British Aristocrat feel to it…and it was brilliant!!! Enjoy!
Ever notice that when a great photo catches your eye, you can see how sharp and clear the subject of the image is, yet how blurry the background is behind them? This is key to taking great photos and making your subjects appear sharp & clear. It allows them to stand out and forces the eye to be drawn to the point of the focus. This technique is known as “shooting wide open” and is what allows you to achieve great “bokeh.” Bokeh. It’s such a fun word to say and it makes me sound smarter, so I try to use it…a lot.The key to achieving great bokeh, starts with understanding what it is and how it works. The word bokeh (pronounced BOW-KUH) is commonly used as a reference to the blurred lights and shapes in the background of an image. It occurs when we shoot with our camera at a very large aperture (low f-stop number) and the background falls out of our depth of field and thus becomes blurry. As mentioned, normally this involves having a light source behind our subject so that the light and shapes blur but are still visible. But in the interest of this particular article, we will refer to bokeh in the manner of which it has been evolved; simply the blurred background behind your subject.
I absolutely love having the opportunity to photograph families year after year…it’s such a pleasure to be able to see how these little ones change and grow. Thoroughly enjoyed my session with this family who’ve I’ve known for many years! What a gorgeous brood!!!