Children's Beach Sessions
The Beautiful Dulaney Girls...
Beach Shoot at East Ocean View Beach
What a beautiful family! With severe storm warnings and relatively strong winds off the Chesapeake Bay, these lovely ladies had no problems braving the elements. We began with some images in the gorgeous, thickly grassed dunes with girls wearing custom-made floral halos by Honeydrop Designs, and tanks and pettiskirts by Oopsey Daisey. After photographing the girls together in the dunes, the light was hitting the golden hour, so we moved out to the sand in front of the rock breakers. The older sister was amazing and you can tell by the images from this session how loving and kind she is with her baby sister. Baby sister was adorable and a typical 2-year-old going on 3, LOL. At first she didn't want to get her feet wet but THEN we couldn't get her out of the water.
Also, during the shoot we were working with Wescott Ice Lights 2. My thought was that my assistant could stand in water and hopefully with TWO Ice Lights, the light would be enough for fill light during the golden hour. It worked nicely but honestly, it wasn't enough power to balance the sunset light, which in later shots was actually behind clouds. I think these lights would be excellent in the studio for food shots, as the light is balanced and soft, and mimics window light very nicely. For my assistant standing in water, I think I will continue to use my tri-head/octobox combination for my SB-910 speedlights, and have my Einstein set on the beach with my other assistant. (Yes, on the beach I work with at least two assistants... even though I have a great, "stake-like" light stand that wedges into the sand, things still are apt to fall over... ) With the speedlight/Einstein system, I sacrifice having constant light; however, the light I achieve is TTL (through the lens) or manual and I can shoot in hypersync. What all this means is that I can keep the sunset exposed correctly and provide soft light on my subjects and shoot at a higher shutter speed to stop motion.
One thing, however, I can never complain that we don't get beautiful color on the bay... and it's only steps from my studio, so I can literally walk and be at the water's edge in less than 3 minutes.
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