Rain! RAIN!.....CAN I YELL RAIN.
Well here in the St.Louis, MO metro area...Smithton, IL to be exact it's been raining for what seems like for weeks. I had to reschedule 6 sessions this past weekend. Do to all of this rain.
So what does a photographer do on rainy crappy days that were suppose to be filled with photography.
Of coarse I spend time with my family. My two kids Jack, age 6, and Olivia age 3..and my husband Jim age not important!!!! But of coarse I have to still force them to be models. So let me tell you sometimes as a photographer photographing your own kids is a disaster of monumental portions. Today....not to bad but not overly wonderful!
I started with setting up. Found myself a good clean wall, so I wouldn't have to Photoshop out any wall outlets or switches. Something to think about when you are photographing your own kids. Check your walls for a plan solid surfaces without any distractions. Because, even if you don't plan on photo-shopping you don't want to worry about a random outlet sticking out from the side of your kids head. So take the time and look around for a clean wall.
After you find your wall if working with kids under 6-7 (I would say) find something to sit on, a box, chair or stool. It helps kids have a spot verses just telling them to stand in a random spot. It also give you some structure and depth.
So in my case I have a box I use all the time. I pulled my box out about 3 feet from my wall and put a small blanket under it so it just didn't look like a box on carpet, gave it a more polished feel. As you can see here this is NOT my kids, but my 7 month old kitten Stickers.
Having a spot allows your subject to claim their spot, and feel more relaxed. I have never really attempted feline portraits!!! But seemed to work. Here is my other 7 month old kitten Marshmallow (aka Arshpillow my 3 year old can't seem to get it out correctly) I was able to get some really good closeups.