Our First Industrial Photoshoot
Last month I mentioned we had a few bookings coming up and we most certainly did.
Everything has been going really good for us and I’ve been busy with editing.
This shoot I’m sharing with you today is of a beautiful family we met last year at our homeschool co-op. They are more than just our friends, they are family. We instantly clicked and have been doing life together every since.
This is the first family photoshoot they have ever done so I had to be sure to really capture some great moments for them.
When I reached out to see what type of scenery they wanted she told me her husband wanted an industrial feel for the photos. We knew just the spot to make that happen.
I was excited about taking these because it would be our first time doing this style of photos. I’ve always wanted to try this look and finally I would get too. 😊
Being outside photographers is always a gamble when it comes to the weather. We can book a day and time but it always depends on what’s happening outdoors. Thankfully once again the Lord allowed us to have such a beautiful sunny day to snap these images.
As always we try to take the majority of our photos right before the sun sets because it’s the most beautiful. You don’t want the sun too bright to avoid overexposure and you definitely don’t want to wait until the sun as set too far. We are always keeping track of the time and where the sun is.
We were able to take advantage of old buildings with broken glass and screens, graffiti walls, train tracks, ledges around buildings, brick walls and a community garden. The fun part about taking photos on the weekend is many places in every city’s downtown are closed. You pretty much have free rein to take advantage of the space and not have to worry about lots of people being around.
The cover photo was my friend’s, the mother of this beautiful family, favorite photo. My husband picked the spot, I posed the family and then he snapped the shot. There wasn’t much I had to do as the background and the train tracks already setup a really nice backdrop for us.
That’s one of the advantages about taking industrial photos. All you have to do is position your subjects in the right spot and you have an amazing photo. 😃
This is my second favorite family photo. I am learning how to set the black and white levels in photoshop to where it gives the image a better looking quality. Deepening the blacks while lightening up the shadows gave me the look I was hoping for. On top of that I think it’s beautiful how the kids are admiring their parents while they love on each other. 😍
Father and Sons…
I really cherish this photo because this is how it should be, sons looking up to their fathers. These boys are hoping to one day be as wise and as strong as their dad and it shows in this photo. The love of a father for his sons is also very much evident.
This pose was 100% natural because after the previous shot you just seen he grabbed up his boys without them being prepared. They were having so much fun and I’m glad I was able to catch it.
Mother and Daughter Moment…
Catching candid shots are one of my favorite things to do. Don’t get me wrong, posing is great too. There’s just something about those moments when they’re not ready for the camera but are just being themselves. I have captured some of the most tender sweet moments this way.
I love how before I said look at the camera this little sweetheart was so focused and interested in whatever her mother was talking about. This moment shows a daughter who grasps on to what her mother teaches her and gets excited about those teachable moments.
At this point my husband stayed with all of the kids (our 5, their 4 and one of their cousins who was there…oh and we can’t forget their dog 😆) as I walked the couple over for their date night session. 😄
Once again I let the natural moments take lead. After I asked them to have a seat I told them I will be taking random shots to get my settings and would let them know when I’m ready. Well, when I was ready they were having a moment so I didn’t interrupt. Instead I just snapped away. 😁
Once I got this shot they asked
Okay what do you want us to do?
Oh I’ve already been snapping away and have what I wanted”.
They thought it was hilarious! We got a few more in this position but the candids were the best.
Before walking over to this area the green door had already stood out to them. He mentioned he wanted to take a shot right in front of it. I loved the rigid look of this whole setting and the fact that this door was the only vibrant smooth thing around. I made sure to make it even more vibrant since it sort of worked as a frame for the couple.
This was another one of those in the moment shots when they thought I was still getting my settings right. I absolutely love my giggly friend and how she was enjoying the moment with her husband and having fun holding him. 🥰
All about the kids…
I took individual shots of all four kiddos on the train tracks but this one was my absolute favorite. The way he positioned himself and those eyes and smile just melts me. He’s my little cutie pie and I adore how this photo turned out.
This was taken in the community garden just like the mother and daughter shot. It had just the right sitting for these littles. I coached the oldest two to put their arms around their younger siblings and started snapping from there.
This final photo I’m sharing is my absolute favorite of the four. This idea came to me right when we had finished the shoot. I saw this ledge and the angle I could get and had them quickly climb up and sit down.
Once I get going it’s hard to stop me lol.
I’m glad I did this one because it quickly became a favorite of many who saw it. ☺️🤗
This photoshoot has become one of my favorites so far. The scenery and playful family all play a big part in that.
As a photographer you learn quickly that not everyone is all smiles and energy. I have photographed adults that would not give me any hint of emotion whatsoever. Even when I asked them they looked at me crazy and continued on with this blank lifeless look.
Due to these experiences I’ve had with those types of things I appreciate people and families like this who make my job fun and less stressful. It’s not hard pulling a smile or a laughing moment from people who are already built that way. 😌
Side Note - I am considering going to photography school to perfect my skills and gain so much more knowledge in this field. This is truly my passion and I want to run with it. If you know of any great online resources please shoot them my way. I most likely will be applying for a scholarship in order to do this and would love any helpful info if you have any. 😘
Gorgeous shots of such a beautiful family! I have to say, these are some your best shots yet... at least that i've seen you share here. Keep up the excellent work.
I always appreciate and take in your feedback when it comes to photography. Your comment goes a long way and confirms my efforts in trying to improve in my work.
Thank you so much for such a nice compliment of these being some of my best shots yet. I feel I have improved and want to continue to do even better. It feels really great when I can look at the photos I take and enjoy them over and over again. I feel very proud to have done these. ☺️
Truly, thanks for always being so encouraging ~
I can say you most definitely have grown in skill and have improved and developed in technique! Your attitude is one of the things that pushes your success. Continue the desire to grow and learn, as you have, and enjoy the process and outcome... even the mistakes. The more mistakes you make... the more opportunity you have to learn how to correct and adapt.
Sorry this comment took so long to get back to. I almost lost yours in the sauce... hahaha
I truly am grateful for you taking the time to leave such a comment. It's very encouraging and motivates me to improve even more. 😃
I will definitely continue to enjoy the process of learning, mistakes and all.
I really lack words to express how you applied creativity on this well done job ✅👍✅
This is unique, so beautiful ❤️
I am in love with the black and white version...I love it alot
This family gave maximum cooperation as well and you and Ur husband did an amazing job
.with this outcome I am seeing, you still want to enroll in online photography school? Well, it's nice and that means, you will become extra good on this skill after the course
You are doing well on this ma'am
Awww thanks so much sweet friend! We are always thinking of ways to outdo our last job. I want to continually improve on my creativity. Thanks so much for this comment.
I’m so glad you loved the black and white photo. It’s one of my favs. 😊
Lol yes I still want to get some type of training. Most of what I do comes from the love of it all and trial by error. I would love to know and understand more of the technical side of things (dealing with our camera, terms, why things work the way they do etc). I think it will really take my work to the next level. Anyone can take photos but I would like to offer something unique and develop a unique brand for our family business.
Thanks again for this response. It’s been encouraging and motivates me even more ~ 😘
I am glad to know that my comment motivates you ma 😊👍
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This is too lovely, your family are to beautiful. Nice shot
Thank you ~
This photos are amazing. It looks so beautiful. The family members look so great. I love them all
Thanks so much for your commment ~
I love photography too. Maybe not as much as you do, but I’m really hoping that at some point, I can learn it enough to do produce some pro level shots. In my experience so far shooting with my phone, I reckon it’s mostly not just about the shooting, but sometimes about the environment, lightning, settings and other stuff. For now, I just stick to the phone’s default editor and I get some good results sometimes by simply adjusting shadows, playing with the highlights, brilliance and contrast. For a beginner with no sort of experience and with a mobile phone, I get some pretty decent shots sometimes.
I love this shoot to be honest. The family looks so happy, and the kids are so cute. Your friend and her husband look very lovey dovey too and I love those candid shots you caught of them.
If you find those online resources, please let me know as well. I’ll keep an eye out if I find anything interesting too. Great job!:)
You nailed it when you said it's not just about the shooting. I've seen photos where the background is beautiful but the subjects clothing or hair looks a hot mess. Or viceversa the subjects look on point but the environment or lighting is not the best. All of these things have to work together to produce a beautiful photo. I’m what you call an emotional photographer (just made it up lol 😆). I tend to go off of my emotions when it comes to shooting. When I see a good spot, a pose, great lighting and ideas start coming…I get overexcited because I want it to come out just as I’m seeing it. So, I work hard to get the outcome I am envisioning. I literally have gotten teary eyed at some of the shoots I’ve done when a photo comes out amazing. 😭😂
And yes, cell phones nowadays are so advanced that you can get some pretty amazing shots with them. I think they are a good start to work with.
Thanks so much for the nice feedback on these shots. They really made my job easy because of how lovey dovey they naturally are. 😊
Will do! I appreciate you looking out too.
I agree! Being candid is the best and you capture a lot of natural feeling moments.
So glad you agree! Thanks for reading and adding your input ~ 😉
You're welcome :)
You said you did the editing and background work.. You're doing perfect and studying more will be great too..
I'm even poor even with the phone camera.. Maybe I should learn that first before thinking of using the industrial camera😁😁😁..
Those pictures are lovely and the kids look so cute and wonderful.. Lovely family
Thanks I so appreciate that. Yes, I do all the editing. ☺️
Lol, yes I think working with the phone camera is a good place to start.
I'm glad you liked the photos!! 😃
Ooh😍 I love how you captured this family, the vibe, everything! Especially that you got so many spontaneous shots (but also the posed ones) really transmit the love, joy and connection. Which I find hard to find sometimes in arranged photoshoots but here you really nailed it!! I guess that is the result of someone living her passion😊
Really enjoyed them!!
Thanks so much for this thorough feedback! I really try to capture moments like these and so glad I was able to with this lovely family. 😊
So glad you stopped by. Thank you ~ 🤗
Thanks so much @qurator and @ackhoo!! ☺️
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I really do love all the ideas a d photo here,they seam all warmt and awesome.
I loved the moment shots, and that's what makes a better photographer, I also love taking shots of moment, most especially the unawares...
I really appreciate the compliments of my work. Yes, candid shots are my absolute favorite and always seem to turn out the best. 😊
Thanks for the visit ~
You welcome 🤗
These are beautiful shots and the whole family all look so natural. I love the kids' hair and how one says " I wanna be different!"
Thanks so much Living!!! It helps so much getting this positive feedback. Lol yes!! We made a nickname for this family...they are now called the hair family because in every shot we had to make sure no one was covered up by hair. 😆🤪😍