My Discontent Model
My goal, for a long time, has been to start doing more indoor shoots. Lighting is, however, my nemesis! I love our dark grey walls, but that, combined with the lack of big windows, in our apartment… is a photographer’s nightmare. So far I have put it down to the fact that I haven’t practiced enough, and I need to learn how to use the available light more. In the past I was reluctant to buy backdrops, but I finally took the plunge and bought a stand and some backdrops. I was excited to try them out, so I set them up at the window in our lounge. Eli, on the other hand, was not as thrilled! I waited until he woke up from his nap, and then sat him by the backdrops.
You would think that I was torturing this child. He was so miserable, BUT at the same time, he did stay put. This still amazes me because he has never been one for staying exactly where I ask him to. The only thing that does keep him in one spot is a TV show. I tried cookies, tv shows, and toys but he only cracked a small smile a couple of times. The rest of the time he was quite upset about having to model for me.
There’s a bit of a smile!
He loves action-songs, so I got some movement and happiness out of him at this point.
Wooohooo! The problem though is that he also bounces around, making it tough for me to get a picture of him facing me.
The Final Backdrop
By the time I got to the third backdrop, and the one that I was pretty excited to try out, he was giving me this look…
Is that a dirty look or what??
Oh my goodness – what terrible mom! I guess we will try this another day, or perhaps I just need to get a new model. I am hoping that I just picked a bad day. It is wonderful that he now sits in one place, so I would hate for him to be miserable about it.
I’ll try again soon…
Our set up. Do you see all that darkness behind the backdrop? Yup… that’s the cozy dark apartment that I am talking about!
Not the easiest apartment to do photo shoots in, but my set up is improving.