Tag Team, Back Again… The Value of a Second Shooter

Last week, I had the opportunity to shoot another family session over in Brambleton.  Now that I have two DSLR’s, on a whim, I asked my wife, Irum, if she wanted to use my D5300 to catch some of the action and get some more candid shots while I used my D610 to capture the primary images.  I’m so glad that I did.

It was great having a second shooter in a photo session where young children were a key component.  If you have kids, then you know that getting them to smile and look at the camera at the same time often feels (and looks) like a hostage negotiation.  Here’s a great shot of my own kids letting me know that they share my passion for photography.

Raghav and Shivz were absolutely adorable, but there was probably a whole list of things that they’d rather be doing on a sunny, Summer afternoon instead of sitting still and smiling for some stranger.  Sometimes outtakes like this one are  too cute not to share.

However, as a second shooter, the children, and the rest of the family, weren’t focused on Irum, which gave her the freedom to capture moments more organically.  Even better, the angles from which she was able to capture her images resulted in some really cool compositions, with great shadows and lighting.

The one drawback, I guess you could say, was that we both shoot lots of images.  By the end of the session, which lasted about an hour, I had over 600 images to sort through and edit.  It was definitely worth it, though, as we were able to capture some great shots.  From the original 600+ files, I delivered 100 fully edited photos to our client, Deepa. 

It was great to be able to capture a family session involving three generations.  I’m so glad that we were able to work out a time slot that allowed Deepa’s parents to be involved before they head back to India later this month.  Here are some of my favorites from our session.

If you, or someone you know in the Washington DC metropolitan area, is interested in having a family photo session, please let them know about us!  If you book with us by the end of the year, your family photo session is only $125.00.  You get all of the fully edited, high resolution images to keep and use as you please.  There are lots of beautiful and interesting places across the DMV where I would love to shoot a session. Contact me and we talk about the kind of session and location that you are interested in. We can come to you, or you can meet us in Ashburn at some of the locations that I’ve already scouted out.  I hope to hear from you soon!

**In the coming weeks, I’ll be shooting a couple of High School senior portrait sessions and a family session here in Ashburn.   I’ll be posting my experiences and some of my favorite captures from those sessions on the blog. Also, this time next month, I’ll be traveling with my dad across southern Vietnam and meeting my dad’s side of the family for the first time.  It’s going to be an awesome trip!  My plan is to share images and insights on the blog during our travels, internet access permitting.  Stay tuned!!

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