Birthday Girl

I take a “stylized” photo of my kids on their birthdays each year. My oldest just turned seven, and I tried to bring “a part of her” into the idea of the photograph I was going to create. She really loves reading, so shooting the photo with one of our bookshelves on the background seemed like the natural choice. But she also has a girly side to her – she likes to dress up, and use my make-up, and dance, and strike a pose for the camera – so we had dance music playing during the shoot and I used colored gels to give the image a bit of a “disco” feel. It’s not very noticeable here, but I actually used two different colored gels – one orange and one teal – on two speedlights on each side of her at different angles. On the final image you can mostly just see the orange. The flash with the teal gel was on pretty low power on this frame and did nothing but gave her skin a bit of a “sick” tone, so I changed it to a more healthy one in post processing and ended up eliminating most of the teal. But this was otherwise my favorite of her with the number 7, so I had to overlook the teal gel failure.

(50mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/320 sec + two speedlights with color gels on sides and a monolight with beauty dish and grid in front)


And just for fun, here’s a close-up of her where the teal gel actually worked out rather well I think. I just love how fierce she looks here. Although I don’t love it nearly as much when she gives me that look in real life. 🙂


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