photo advice

Just a little background will do: The gas station session

This is a throw back to our daughter’s ten month “birthday”, but I need to start by asking: What is the term for a month anniversary? Calling it a birthday feels dumb and sounds too “parenty” to me. Either way, on with the story.

We’ve made a habit of taking photos the second day of every month to document our kids growth. We happened to be traveling on her 10 month date of birth and having just gone through the song and dance of winding her down, changing her, and feeding her, we realized we had missed the opportunity to take her portrait.
What is a photo-minded parent to do at a gas station in the middle of Indiana? Obviously we were not feeling inspired to fulfill our monthly photo plan but we did it anyway, and I am happy we did.
We saw a small group of 3 trees across the street and took some very average but adequate photos. Here are a few from the gas station session as well as a photo of the “scenery”. We cropped out her pajamas for most of our “keeper” photos but I left a few photos in this set un-cropped as an example of what we were working with.

Here are the take-aways: (I love to use fancy business words so that I can hit the ground running with synergy.)
1. You don’t need a perfect background, you just need “enough” of a pleasant background. The background is often just a 8’x 8′ patch of something.
2. Good light (in my opinion) is more important than a pleasant space. A lot of what is around you can be cropped out (See lesson #1) but not having good light is harder to deal with. I have a series of “questions” I tend to ask myself when looking for a good photo location. If you are interested in hearing about them, contact me for info concerning a “Subscription Photo Lessons” idea I have brewing.
3. What makes for a “good background”? Seems like another good question to get answered with your Subscription Photo Lessons, don’t you think?

Also, if you decide to sign up for my Subscription Photo Lessons (did I mention that is coming?), ask me for tips on narrowing down your background and how to shrink down the amount of background space you need to get acceptable (or even really great) results in a difficult setting.

Bonus lesson: 1 month later we lost that coat. It was our favorite coat at the time (if you found one like it downtown Holland in early November please contact us!). You really never know what will be important about a particular photo in the future… you can get ideas and you can get better at covering your bases, but there will always be new things to discover and cherish about the photos that you took the time to take.

Stay engaged,
Rob