Outdoor family photoshoots have become really popular in recent years and the iconic carpet of bluebells is often a winning choice of setting. We are lucky enough to have a some woodlands nearby that come spring are exploding with those little blue bundles of joy. In April a friend of mine, Kristina who happens to be a fantastic photographer (St Albans Photography) said she would help me with some photos of Bella.
I am pretty amateur when it comes to photography, I have owned a Canon DSLR camera for about 6 years but if I'm honest I wasn't really sure what I was doing with it. I could clearly see the great pictures it was capable of taking vs my iPhone but let's just say it wasn't fulfilling it's potential. So I decided to do a beginners' photography course which amongst other things pointed me in the direction of a new lens, and this has without doubt changed my images for the better. The lens in question is the canon 50mm f1.8, for me it's been a game changer because it creates a blurred background when shooting Bella.
An invaluable thing I learnt on my course was that for someone of my level (not hugely experienced) photographing in direct sunlight is not easy and shade is more desirable. I'd always heard people take about how integral 'good light' is, but I thought that meant with light shining directly onto the subject. However direct sunlight can create unflattering shadows on the face so a woodland with plenty of tree cover is ideal. As it was April there wasn't a big thick canopy but enough shade to get some images. Kristina cleverly bounced the sunlight back onto Bella's face using a collapsable reflector to create my favourite photo from the session shown above.
I am really trying to improve my photography skills and try to practice as much as possible. The beauty of digital photography is that you can snap! snap! snap! away playing with the settings before getting the shot right. The only thing with photographing a moving bambino is that you're likely to miss them before you have got your camera to the right setting.
I hope you like the images, it was great fun even if we did spend 80% of the time pulling bluebells out of the babies' mouths.