Sweet Faces on Solomons Island

Family kiss C

I have been wanting to photograph this family for over a year now.  Can you see why in the photos?  They are beautiful!  The mom is a dear friend of mine , and  we have been discussing a photoshoot for many many moons.  However, they are quite a busy family, and our schedules never manage to sync up.  Surprisingly, her family and I were all free this past weekend (in the middle of winter!) so we made it happen.  I couldn’t have asked for a more fun photoshoot.  I just let the kids be kids (with a few poses snuck in here and there).  It was very relaxed, not too cold, the scenery and light were beautiful down on the beach, and I think they will treasure these photos of their family forever.  The moments are fleeting when you have little ones, and that is part of the reason I LOVE this job!  So blessed to be involved in freezing these little moments in time.  Enjoy!

Father and son on Solomons Beach-2

Mom and Son hug C

jump Cs

Father and son C C family on Solomons II-2

Family shot C

LIttle guy C

Distinguished C

C mom and son on Solomons Island-2

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Posing C

Contmplative C

Upside down C

Oldest C

Looking out C

C husband and wife on Solomons-2

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Family on the Beach C II

Being boys C

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I can honestly say that leaving presets behind has been the single most effective thing I could have done.  I am not saying I will never use a preset ever again, but I am growing so much and really finding what works best for me and my style.  The one thing I am struggling with right now is getting the bright images I LOVE without having little bits of kids’ faces with highlights blown or nearly blown.  I read somewhere that this could cause problems when printing.  I have not figured out how to keep the image the way I want and avoid this problem.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know!  Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle

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12 thoughts on “Sweet Faces on Solomons Island

  1. Another gorgeous set of photographs! You are truly amazing! I’m so glad you’ve gone manual…it beats presets by a mile. That’s what drives me crazy about low end digital…so few manual options. No suggestions on the blown-out highlights. Hopefully someone with more digital experience will be able to help with that. These look awesome though!

  2. Love what you’re doing, Michelle! =)

    The best trick I can think of is to use your camera’s histogram to double-check your exposure settings. That’ll spotlight anything that’s blown out so you’ll be able to keep that precious detail without sacrificing your highlights. Hope that helps!

      1. I hear ya. 😉 You can adjust it in post (in Lightroom or Photoshop) and brighten the specific areas to your heart’s content!

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