Posts Tagged ‘family portrait photographer’

 

Dads Enjoy More Time With Their Kids These Days

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Blue Mountains Family Portrait

Looking at this family portrait of a dad and his daughter in a leafy park in the Blue Mountains got me thinking about all the great dads I’ve met and photographed with their families.

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Dad and daughter photographed at Corridor of Oaks, Faulconbridge Blue Mountains.

Good news for dads and great news for their kids!
In 1975 fathers spent an average of 15 minutes per day with their children; by 1995 it was 2 hours. Today, 23% of British fathers spend around 28 hours or more with their children per week according to this article.

Apparently it has something to do with the increase in fathers now being present at the birth of their children rather than out in the waiting room nervously pacing the floor. This has an effect on the feel-good chemicals that new mums produce to help bond with their baby. Apparently dads experience the same thing!

I wonder what the stats are like for Aussie dads?

Here is the link to the full article.

This dad had a great time at our family portrait sitting with his young daughter and she loved all the attention!

How to Appear More Attractive in Photographs

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Here is a tip for looking your best in your family portrait photograph. Your mum will love it!

Did you know that a direct gaze and a smile are considered most attractive to the viewer? I read in a psychology journal from the Psychology School of Aberdeen that an averted gaze without a smile is perceived as more attractive than an averted gaze with a smile. In addition to this the study found that a direct gaze without a smile was less attractive than a direct gaze with a smile.

This all sounds fairly obvious I know, but it is surprising how powerful this information is when you are shooting a portrait of somebody.

When my clients view their family portrait images they inevitably have ‘favourites’ and they are more often than not those images that have them or their family smiling and looking at the camera. This information allows me to concentrate on capturing these types of images on the portrait shoot and not spending time on averted gazes (even if I like them).

The only time I would bend this rule is when shooting groups or couples looking at each other such as with a wedding couple or family. The interaction between people can be attractive in itself and make for beautiful candid images.

Look at the examples below and draw your own conclusions.

Blue Mountains family portrait

Direct gaze and smile give this image an attractive feel.

 

Blue Mountains wedding photographer

The Happy Couple looking at each other makes for an intimate feeling to the image.

Blue Mountains family portrait

Direct gaze without a smile can give a particular feel to the image.

 

Blue Mountains family portrait

A mix of direct and in-direct gaze helps draw the viewers eye through the image toward the baby with the ‘most’ attractive gaze.

 

 

 

 

The Secret to Print Sizes for Your Wall

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

How to Size Your Family Portrait Photographs

Have you ever wondered what size you should print your enlargements?

It depends on a number of factors such as;

– resolution of your camera

– which room in the house you want to hang the image (living room, bedroom etc)

– how far away you will be from the image

Did you know that the viewing distance of an enlargement is best determined by the resolution of the image and the diagonal width of the print? Billboards usually have a resolution as low as 22ppi (pixels per inch) because they are viewed from such a vast distance.

Some photographers use the formula of 1.5 to 2 times the diagonal width to determine the viewing distance.

I was pleased to deliver this image last week. Shot at one of my favourite Blue Mountains locations, this order was a 48” framed print of this family from Epping standing at Flat Rock, Wentworth Falls. At 48” x 25” and 300ppi it has a diagonal distance of 54” meaning it would be best viewed at 2-2.7m away.

Think of that next time you are buying a new 80” tv. You would need to have your lounge at least 4 meters away from the screen to see it correctly!

Another formula for the resolution of the image is 3438 divided by the viewing distance.

So, to view this image from 3m (120″) away, I would divide 3438 by 120 to find the minimum resolution of the print as 29ppi. This is obviously very low res but as long as I wasn’t standing inside 3m from the image it would appear to be quite sharp and detailed.

What this all means is that your small mega-pixel camera need not prevent you from creating big enlargements, as long as the minimum viewing distance is not exceeded they will look sharp and detailed.

I’m not sure how practical that is but its worth giving some thought to I reckon.

family at Flat Rock, Wentworth Falls

Here is a link to a good discussion on print resolution and viewing distance.

Best Businesses in the Blue Mountains – Portrait Photographer

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

This weeks Blue Mountains Gazette (April 9, 2012) has a Best of the Best feature showcasing some of the regions best and brightest businesses.

I’m proud to say I have been included! I’m in there with Lady of Grace Funerals, Simply Beautiful Smiles, Almar Pioneer Interiors and Springwood Gas Centre amongst others.

Toiling away at your business week to week has its rewards I guess but its always nice to have others recognise what you do.

I believe its important to be humble and while I don’t consider myself the best photographer in the Blue Mountains, I do feel I have the skill, knowledge and experience the meet any photographic challenge and be considered one of the best.

Be it a family portrait in a great Blue Mountains location, a newborn photo-shoot at your home, or meeting a detailed brief from a corporate customer – I’m confident of producing the right image for my valued clients.

This is page 1 of the feature layout

 

Page 2 of the layout

Autumn Colours for your Outdoor Family Portrait

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Autumn in the Blue Mountains is a beautiful time for outdoor family portrait photography.

With the abundance of parks and gardens awash with the colours of Autumn leaves, the backdrops are stunning.

An outdoor family portrait photograph adds that extra special element of being out and amongst nature and more importantly enjoying that time with your family and allowing that joy to shine through the images.

This young family travelled up to the mid mountains to enjoy the early morning sun and Autumn colours for their photo shoot and we had a ball. Their 9 month old boy giggled and laughed and seemed to really enjoy all the attention he was getting from mum and dad.

I tried to incorporate the golden leaves and the morning sun in the shots as much as possible to give the images a nice warm feeling. The morning sun backlighting them really made the leaves glow and become a great feature of the images. This shoot was a nice way to start the day.

Family Portrait outdoors with Autumn colours

Darren Edwards is a professional family portrait photographer servicing the Blue Mountains and greater western Sydney region. With 20 years industry experience and the highest quality products and services your family portrait, newborn, corporate or fine art photograph is in good hands.

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Extended Family Portrait Photography

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Photographing a large family group can be a real joy with a carefully chosen location and a happy family group.

For this family portrait we chose the beautiful grounds of Norman Lindsay Gallery at Faulconbridge as the venue as it afforded us the opportunity to include the garden furniture and of course the wonderfully maintained gardens.

Most people are uncomfortable with being photographed and I find creating a fun and relaxed atmosphere at a great location often leads to better images and happier clients. After all, investing in professional family portraits means you’ll be enjoying the images on your walls for many years.

Following the large family group photos we moved onto smaller family groups, including the grandparents on their own and with the grandchildren, as well as the siblings together and of course the grandchildren on their own enjoying the fountain.

The clients told me they enjoyed the shoot and loved the results.

Norman Lindsay Gallery is a National Trust property in the mid Blue Mountains less than 30 minutes drive from Penrith or Katoomba.

Darren Edwards Photography is a professional photographic studio based in the Blue Mountains and servicing the greater Sydney and central west region. With 20 years industry experience, outstanding products and value for money, your photographic commission is in good hands.

Click on “Darren Edwards Photography” at the top of the page to see more images or “Contact” to make an enquiry.

Family Get Together Photos

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

With Easter just past I had time to reflect on why such occasions are important to me.

While it has its religious and chocolate traditions, its all about family get-togethers for me.

Aside from Christmas, Easter, Mothers Day and birthdays our family is spread far and wide and it takes a fair bit of organising to get everybody together.

The Easter holiday is a good reason for us to get together and enjoy a meal and a laugh.

My Nan is in her 80’s now and has had some health issues of late but she is a tough old girl and I love her. Her hearing and sight aren’t great, she walks with a cane and needs to hold your hand to walk up and down stairs. Still she has her sharp wit and sense of humour.

I’ve always felt she looks a bit like Queen Elizabeth, even if only because of the silver hair.

Nan often has a balled up tissue or handkerchief in her hand or strategically placed up her sleeve and she never, ever goes out without her jewellery on. Each ring holds a special memory for her such as a ruby anniversary or her wedding.

I asked Nan if I could photograph her and despite her initial protest I think she quite enjoyed it although she did use the oft-quipped “I hope I don’t break your camera, I don’t take a good photo…”

My Nan is the matriarch of our family and I think its important to celebrate that and I wanted to create a record of her at this time.

These are studio portraits and I used a simple 2 light set-up with a soft-box for the key and a reflector and grid for the hair light.

 

Darren Edwards Photography is a professional photographic studio based in the Blue Mountains and servicing the greater Sydney and central west region. With 20 years industry experience, outstanding products and value for money, your photographic commission is in good hands.

Click on “Darren Edwards Photography” at the top of the page to see more images or “Contact” to make an enquiry.

Newborn Photography

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Photographing newborn babies can be a very rewarding experience.

Often I’m photographing first–time parents and it is wonderful to be witness to such a special time for them as they are only days or weeks into getting to know their little bundle of joy.

In contrast, second time parents are often a lot more relaxed and comfortable with their baby although still just as thrilled with the whole experience.

This newborn photo–shoot took place at the families home with the baby just 4 weeks old. I find any time in the first 4 weeks is best for newborn photographs.

This little man was a dream to work with, never once crying, he had a couple of feeds and a nappy change and then went to sleep right on queue. Perfect!

The little hands and feet are so cute and such a contrast to dad’s.

I have to admit to being quite smitten with this little baby boy. My partner and I are expecting a boy in July and I’m bursting with excitement about it all.

Darren Edwards Photography is a Blue Mountains based professional photographic studio specialising in newborn photography, family and children photography, corporate photography and fine art photography. With 20 years industry experience, outstanding products and value for money, your photographic commission is in good hands.

Click on “Darren Edwards Photography” at the top of the page to see more images or “Contact” to make an enquiry.