Advanced Pro Homework, Week 3

December 6, 2011

Here is my Beloved shoot, done in that eponymous style that Brooke introduced to us. This is my sister and brother-in-law. I did not get a chance to do an interview, but I did have them write love letters to each other. I used the time during the shoot to do the interviewing and asked them to tell me the story of how they met and married. They were living far away at the time, so there were a lot of details I didn't know.  We had some challenges for the shoot. It was morning, but the sun was already high and harsh, so I got to practice my backlighting techniques. It was quite cold, and my sister has multiple health problems, so we had to bundle her up since she can't regulate her body temperature on her own. Since she is in a wheelchair, I knew that I wanted that to be part of the shoot, because it is part of their lives and natural interactions. However, the chair does not represent all that my sister is. It is more like a pair of shoes. She needs it to keep her feet clean and get around, so it couldn't be the focus of the shoot any more than a pair of shoes would be. So, that was on my mind.

Overall, I'm very happy with the results of the shoot. I love photos like this-it has always been my preference to get the most natural images I can and out and out candids are my true favorite form of photography. It made it so much more comfortable for my brother-in-law. He is very reserved and these are wonderful images of him. I never once had to say, "Okay, now smile for me!" That really did all come from their conversations and interactions.  I think it truly was an authentic experience-they were saying and remembering things about their relationship that were meaningful. I love that about this concept. They've been through some serious times as you can imagine and I actually found myself weeping during some tender moments.

So here it is. The first three are the ones for Brooke's consideration.

Just for my own record-keeping and learning process, I want to remember this:

One issue that a friend and fellow photographer brought up is whether or not it is really what the client will buy (she is totally gifted and gets shots like this all the time, but in her experience folks love to look at images like these on the gallery slideshow, but what they want for their walls is a formal portrait). I explained Jesh de Rox's vision of the Beloved image on the wall that reminds a couple of how they really feel about each other and actually helps mold their behavior. She wasn't convinced. She also asked whether this concept of creating a shoot could someday be termed a trend and become dated. Does that matter? Do we really value our Grandparents' wedding photos less because they were done in the style of 1943 and seem dated today? Absolutely not. So, that's not so much a worry for me. On thing I want to be aware of is working to avoid having the images from different Beloved-style shoots start to look alike because I am using the same foundational techniques each time. (Every shoot has the love letter moment, every shoot has the whisper-in-the ear moment, etc.) I will have to think about that. I have not had a chance to listen to all of  Jesh's presentations, so maybe he addresses that, and I'm sure that as I grow into the idea and work it into my style, that potential issue will resolve itself.


  1. Beautiful images, Kellie. They are so natural and reflective of the love these two have for each other. Don't think images that radiate emotion and connection between the subjects will ever be dated. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. I really FELT when looking at these. I can tell this is a special couple!

  3. These are so sweet. I love them. People always choose the shots I hate. And they are always the most posey. Sad.


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