Mastroluca

Generational Family

MastrolucaEvery photoshoot has its unique joys that come along with them:  meeting new people, getting reacquainted with old friends, documenting a multi generational family, etc. With this shoot, I benefited from all of these.

Martin is a friend from high school.  A few years back we reconnected via Facebook.  He’s a little bit further ahead of me in life in that, a year ago, he and his lovely wife became grandparents. She’s a beautiful and fantastically fun little girl.

Martin and his wife have 3 daughters (one married and the mother of this precious lil girl). We were also joined by his two sister-in-laws and their husband, and his fabulous mother-in-law.

One of my favorite pictures from this shoot, and there were many, is the shot of Four Generations of Women. Gathering a beautiful family like this, together, to take a snapshot in time, is so amazing. One day, lil K will find one of these photos and look at with fondness.  That’s a pretty amazing thing.

Thank you all for allowing me this opportunity to photography your family.

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Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

When photographing families, especially families with young children, I find myself reminding the parents – “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” (Pun intended).  Most people are not comfortable with having a camera pointing at them, even more so young kids. There are those “hams” that love to show off and have fun but, it’s not the norm.

This shoot took place late in the day and even though I knew these kids somewhat, one wanted to showoff and have fun and the other just wanted to go home.  No problem.  I get it.  The moral of the story is that I will still get the shot.  Maybe not exactly as planned but I will get the shot.

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You can see by this shot that the little may not have been at her happiest but it still turned out to be a great shot, in my opinion.

Father and Daughter

Here comes daddy to rescue.  A few tickles and we had her back AND got another great shot of her.

Mother and Daughter

Now mom got a second change with her beautiful and happy girl.

Kardemark Family

Kardemark Family

Siblings

Brother and sister out for a stroll.

Mom and Dad

When all was said and done, we got a great shot of mom and dad.

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Before They Moved

Before they moved, I had to opportunity to photograph this wonderful family.  A loving couple with two really fun boys makes for a wonderful afternoon.  This shoot took place in Downtown Fullerton, a place that offers really nice backdrops.  At one point we were even offered a bicycle to use in the shoot.  Hey, why not. It was a really fun afternoon.  These two young boys kept us all laughing.

Would love to spend an afternoon with your family.  Give me a call and let’s set something up.

Added Person - Joe Randeen

Adding a Head to a Group Photo

There are times when we (photographers) have to take group photos (staff or family) when someone is missing.  In this specific case, I had to add a head to a group photo. Since Photoshop has become an everyday verb, the client asks me to “Photoshop him/her in”. Depending on the situation, that can range from relatively easy to virtually impossible.  If you know in advance that someone is going to be missing from the photograph then you (photographer) have an opportunity to set the shot so that photoshopping will be somewhat easier.

Staff Photo Joe Randeen

Photo 1 – Group Shot

Photo 1 is the group photo I shot.  In the spirit of full disclosure, this is the second group photo I shot.  The first one was missing one of the shorter ladies in the front.  It is far easier to add a person standing in the back than in the front, for obvious reasons.  When we scheduled this second shoot, everyone was present but by the time we shot it, one of the people went missing.  Since we ran out of time, I shot the remaining people and had to shot the missing person at a later time.

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Photo 2 – Missing Person

Photo 2 is a shot of the our missing gent.  Luckily he was the tallest of the group.  When I shot the group I left a spot where I knew I wanted to place him. I didn’t leave too much room as I was unsure of the lighting and other conditions that I may encounter.

Uncropped Group Shot Joe Randeen

Photo 3 – Uncropped

Finally, Photo 3 is the finished, uncropped photo. I got his head in the shot okay but notice he’s got no legs.  Thus, the final shot had to be cropped in such a way that no legs would be shown.

Having to “Photoshop” in someone that was missing into a photograph is never ideal but it can be done.  You need forethought as to where the missing person is going to stand or sit, in addition to making sure the background and lighting is a similar to the original shot as possible.  Plus, you need know something about masking in Photoshop.

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Boy and His Dogs

A Boy And His Dogs

It’s never easy seeing your kids sick, even if it’s just a cold.  You try and comfort them as much as possible but no one can do it as well as a pet, or so it seems.

When you’re not feeling well there’s nothing like falling asleep with unconditional love.

This is an example of a photo that lends itself much better in black and white rather than color.

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There are too many shades of the same color and different colors.  It got too busy.  With the shot in black and white the emotion of the photo pops better.

Experiment a bit with your photos.  See what your favorite photo will look like in color and black and white.

- Joe Randeen (Lessons)

Photographing Children

Expressions of Kids

Capturing Real Life

I just love the expressions of kids.  At some point in a persons life, they start growing shy of the camera.  Not of their own camera obviously, because selfies are a must in most peoples lives.  But, when they see a DSLR pointed in their direction, they turn, shout “NO” and/or run away. But not kids.

In fact, sometimes it’s hard to have them play down the cameras presence.  Who cares though.  If you can capture some shots of realism – let them run the show.

It Don't Fit

Photographers are taught and strongly encouraged to get the eyes in the shot.  Albeit very true and important, sometimes you can’t and shouldn’t.  This girl is so focused on getting the food on her fork.  If I had called out her name she would have looked up and it would have been a nice shot, but I much prefer this.

Kids Portrait

In this shot, the eyes are necessary.  She’s inviting us in to her world, which currently consists of this wonderful dessert that she may or may not share with us.  Her eyes, along with her smile, tell such a wonderful story.

Kiddos

This photo is a mixture of posed and spontaneity. I gathered the kids but they all made up their individual minds on how they wanted to be shot.  Take a look at the redhead in the left lower corner versus the blond girl next to her.  How about the young man in the back?  Everyone is in their own little world, telling their own story.

Kids Running

From a technical standpoint, this shot is awful.  It’s over-exposed and under-exposed.  If this was entered into a contest it would get thrown out immediately.  Who cares.  I love it.  It shows the joy of these kids running, playing and having fun.  In such a case, the rules get thrown out.

the look

Again, in this shot, the eyes are essential – the girls’ that is – not her dads.  I’m sure that her eyes speak something different to me, since I was in the moment with her, than they do to others who look at this picture. Regardless, they are telling a story.

Kids at Play Run, Run, Run

I love these two pictures because, as a parent, there are NO electronic devices.  It’s kids running, playing, having fun, the way I did growing up – the way kids should have fun.

Cooper's Eyes

This may look posed to some, but I saw this young man sitting on a bench just trying his all to keep warm.

As a photographer, my preferred way to approach a shoot with children is to let them play, have fun with them and allow them to be themselves.  That is one of the reasons that most shoots will take a couple of hours, at least.  I often hear from parents, “my kids won’t last that long.”  If we are trying to pose them the entire time that is probably true.  Instead, let’s get together and play – the time will fly by and we will come out of it with some fantastic memories, in pictures.

Joe Randeen
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Perfect Smile or Perfect Moment?

Family Portraits - Cousins

Stealing Grapes

Perfect smile or perfect moment? I’m not your classic portrait photographer in that I would much rather capture the real moment, which tells a much more interesting story than the perfectly posed photo.  Don’t get me wrong, there are situations where a perfectly posed photo is called for but for most family portraits – real trumps perfect pose.

The picture on the right is of cousin sitting on front steps.  I had the posed up, smiling – everything was looking good.  I brought the camera down from my face and said we were going to take a short break.  That’s when the magic starting happening.

The sharing of grapes, actually – the girl was stealing some, was the money shot.

What started off good ended up GREAT!

 

Patel Rohan

The above photo was shot by my fellow photographer (and daughter) Sydni.  This young man waiting for his time with the family, for their portrait session. He’s an incredibly patient and kind young man but you can tell he’s nearing the end of his energy.

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This young man was far too tired to deal with a photographer. Dad stepped up, put him in his lap and we were able to capture a moment in time that a posed photo could not afford us.

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Just a few minutes ago these two men became ‘family’ as there kids just got hitched.  They were so happy so posing them would not have been a huge problem.  Probably would have got a really nice shot but I think this picture, more candid, tells a but better story.

As a photographer, spending time with those I shoot is the best part and it’s during those times where the best photos are captured.

Joe
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