Tag: family

26 Dec

Recreation of history

Chris Lane / photography, process / / 2 Comments

My wife recently wanted to do a project for her grandmother as a Christmas project. It involved recreating an image of her great grandmother, Georgia, on her wedding day. My wife, Melissa, already owned the wedding dress but she had to do some work to actually look like Georgia. The wedding was in 1930, so this is now 82 years later.

My wife has very long straight hair and Georgia had rather short hair with a wave to it. Georgia also wore a pearl necklace, which we did not have. Melissa did up her hair as best she could and we made a necklace out of a string of Kix cereal pieces. In real life, the necklace certainly didn’t look like pearls with their uneven shape and the color was way off, but I knew I was going to convert to black and white and I could fix some of the roundness later. It should work great at least as a place holder.

So, keeping an eye to the shadows in the original photo I set Melissa in the same kind of lighting. At first I wasn’t getting the shine on the waves of the hair quite the same, so I set up another light for highlights. I positioned Melissa as close to the same position and she tried to do the same sort of non-smile as Georgia.

As Georgia by Chris Lane (chrislanephoto)) on 500px.com
As Georgia by Chris Lane

After the photo was taken, I converted it to Black and white with a black and white adjustment layer in Photoshop. I like this form of conversion because, instead of converting to grayscale, I can manually adjust the dark/brightness of the different colors on their own. After that I did some minor dodging and burning, adjusted the contrast with a curves adjustment layer, and finally put a layer with noise over the top to give it an older look.

I asked Melissa if she wanted me to Photoshop her appearance to look more like Georgia, particularly her neck is longer, but we decided to just leave it be. I think it has more meaning that she is herself and comes from Georgia, rather than just making her look like Georgia.

Overall, I think the recreation was a good success. What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.

18 Oct

Family Photos 2011 – Andersons

Chris Lane / photography / / 2 Comments

For three years running now, I have been the family photographer for the Anderson family. I enjoy it every year and love watching their family grow up. Becky is my wife’s sister so we are all very close. This year she wanted to try something a little more old fashioned with all black and white photographs. I was definitely up for that as I originally trained with black and white film. I like looking for the contrasts as opposed to color (though I do love color also!) and bringing on new challenges. Here are a few of the photos from that family photo session. If you are looking for a family photographer, take a look at my rates page and send me a message. You can also email me at: chris [at] chrislanephoto.com Most family photo sessions can be finished in half an hour, but I am definitely willing to go longer if you would like more.

Enjoy the photos from this family session:
Anderson family photo © Chris Lane Photo

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08 Jan

Anderson family photos

Chris Lane / photography / / 1 Comment

A number of months ago I had a family photo shoot with my sister-in-law’s family. I went to their house and we shot in a number of different places in their yard. They have two small children, Zachary who was 5 at the time and Jade who was 2 at the time. Each have had a birthday since then.

Anderson family photo

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19 Oct

Steinhauer family photoshoot

Chris Lane / photography / / 3 Comments

Back in September I had the opportunity to photograph my wife’s brother’s family. We met at Old Mill State Park near Newfolden, Minnesota and spent about an hour taking pictures and wandering around. There is a small swimming pond there that is fed by flowing wells. At one end of it there is a small dam that lets the excess water flow off into the river beyond. By the time we went, the wells had been capped, so the water was no longer flowing, but the dam has a nice rock structure as you can see here.

Steinhauers by pond © Chris Lane Photo

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28 Sep

Couple Portrait Session

Chris Lane / photography / / 2 Comments

Every couple should have an up-to-date family picture. It’s always a good idea to have a recent picture that shows your love is still strong between the two of you. I recently took a new photo of my parents that I think nicely demonstrates their bond. A lot of that has to do with their smiles, of course, but also their pose. I posed them both turned toward each other which cements their togetherness. He has his arm around her back physically connecting and keeping them close.

Stan & Lynette Lane © Chris Lane Photo

I darkened the background and used a shallow depth of field to isolate them. This puts them at the forefront of the image as they are the most important element in the picture. This keeps the viewer’s eye on the subject.

For the lighting, this was shot in the shade. The light coming through the trees becomes diffused and naturally bounces, giving a consistent soft look. bounces. This can create some of the best lighting for portraits when taken outdoors. It is generally best advised to stay out of the strong direct sunlight if possible.

If you have anything to add about this photo please do so in the comments below. I am certainly open to criticism. If you would like your work professionally and constructively critiqued, use my submission form.