Dell & James in a paddock

We spent the weekend visiting my sisters down south, which was super fun, but I also fitted in a family/engagement/maternity shoot with my eldest sister, Dell, her fiancé James, and their daughter Madeleine. I’m also super-excited to do my first newborn shoot when their second bub is born in November.

The shoot was far from perfect. But practice, practice, practice. My sister is photogenic still at 28 weeks pregnant, so that was good. We chose a paddock near her house at sunset. When we first got there, the sun was still a little high, and it was the first time I’d really worked with backlit subjects. So they’re technically quite… um, raw.

Direction was still quite sloppy, but I feel like I’m getting better. Which isn’t saying too much. I chose some unusual angles and those shots just didn’t work with the setting sun. I also really need to check the shots as I go. At present, I tend to shoot a bunch of shots, then move on to another position or pose, then check back one or two, and think, damn, those last ones weren’t quite right, but by then, it’s too late to fix it.

I also didn’t notice a lot of annoying signs in the paddock, but they stick out like a sore thumb in some photos. Photoshop is my friend. I feel like I should have framed the photos better to start with. In hindsight, I also don’t love the little swamp we had going on in the background. I really hope my eye for detail improves in time.

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