A New Family

I had the opportunity to photograph a family from Worcester recently. Mark, Astrid, and their first child, 11-day old Noelle, joined me in my home "studio" on a cool, damp day. I use the term "studio" loosely, since it was actually my living room. Because my basement studio was going to be too cool for Noelle, I moved what I needed upstairs and cranked the heat up to 80 degrees or so.

Astrid and Mark came vey well prepared, and we had a really nice 2+ hour session without any real "accidents." You can see a handful of their photos below.

For the photo geeks out there (guilty as charged), I used a large collapsible, light grey background that I lit with two studio strobes cranked up to about 3 stops higher output than my primary light. My primary light was in a 38-inch octabox. This setup gave me a pure white background for most of the shots we took. For the black background shots, I draped a black velvet cloth over the background and turned off the two strobes. We also did a few photos using only the window light in my north-facing dining room. All photos were taken with a Canon 5DIII and a 24-70 2.8.