First Family In Studio Session

Registered: Apr 24, 2011
Total Posts: 90
Country: United Arab Emirates

My style is more lifestyle and I tend to shoot more on location however recently started started in studio session,

Its very different, still learning, here is the very first studio session with three strobes, two lighting the backdrop and flagged off using V Flats. and one on subjects. The V flats also helped in slide lighting. Learned a lot and still going back to the session for doing a better job.








Steady Hand
Registered: Dec 03, 2007
Total Posts: 15596
Country: United States


My comments or suggestions below are not a criticism of you, your model, your talent or skill. I offer them in a friendly tone of voice and with the sole intent to help you with a second POV and set of eyes. If you read sincere questions and simple suggestions as "criticism" of you, then you will miss how I am trying to help you. All smilies I post are genuine and sincere.

Of course this may be your own "style" or your own "vision" and I suppose we can assume that the images look just like they do because that is exactly how you like them. That is OK too. It just shows that there are differences of "opinion" on what looks good. IF these are exactly what you want and like, then by all means continue making your images look like that and have fun doing it. As I always say: "Follow your own muse."

By your title, I expected to see the "First Family" (Barack and Michelle Obama).

My favorites from this set were images 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

I don't like the "Turtle Neck" of image 1.

Facial expressions are tricky...something that may look "neutral" to some may look "NOT happy" to others. See image 2. That image may have the pose of a loving couple looking at their little darling....but I think the facial expressions are "off the moment" and so would scrap (ditch, delete) this image and look for another with more clear expressions of love from the parents.

I also suggest posting numbers IN BETWEEN each photo you post (i.e. number your photos) when you post more than 3 images in a series like this. You can edit the post to add those numbers in between the links to your photos...even after the original post has been seen/posted.

This makes it much easier to get specific comments on particular images.

Registered: Apr 24, 2011
Total Posts: 90
Country: United Arab Emirates

Thank you steady hand really appreciate your feedback

Registered: Aug 24, 2003
Total Posts: 2586
Country: Belgium

I agree with steady and taking people, into a studio, often makes them feel uneasy.
At their home, you'd be the only stranger, now it's not just you, but it's the environment as well. So catching/creating the right interaction is a challenge, but sure fun to practice !!

Advantage is off course the control of light, but here I would like to add that you have to make sure you avoid flair.
#3 for example, check the father's hair ! Father and son have the same hair colour, but you managed to "bleach" him
Other pictures as well ... you got a "problem" on their left side going on.
So I guess you have to re-position lights, V-flats ... just experiment and see !!


Registered: Jul 03, 2008
Total Posts: 2764
Country: United States

I think you did a good job. Remove the line in the floor in 3 an7 but don't remove the shadow.

Registered: Apr 24, 2011
Total Posts: 90
Country: United Arab Emirates

@Velu01 yep, now i am more careful with spills, need to practice more in studio with light placements specifically with dynamic subjects.

@jefferies, thank you its on my to do list

Steady Hand
Registered: Dec 03, 2007
Total Posts: 15596
Country: United States

Came back to see how the comments were progressing for you...

Really like those fun expressions shown in images 5, 6, 7.

Those photos are very good for showing a happy kid (in studio), I think THAT kid is what makes this a nice set of photos.

So..."Good Job!"

Jim Rickards
Registered: Dec 02, 2003
Total Posts: 11089
Country: Canada

A fun series for sure. Well done.

A small suggestion - in #6 (a favourite) the middle photo has a cut off elbow. That seemed to draw my eye and ruined the illusion that this was all one photo, not 3 placed together. Clone the elbow back in to have a more natural look, even if it overlaps the other photo.

Registered: Aug 18, 2007
Total Posts: 8304
Country: United States

I prefer the color shots to the bw.

Registered: Oct 19, 2012
Total Posts: 108
Country: United States

I like them all! If I were the client here, I would be very, very pleased.