Kara has new Bling

In order to show off Kara's present from Grandma, we set up some lights, diffused them with a sheet, fired up a fan and I got shooting.

I think I like this the best out of the 150 odd photos taken. It also gave me a chance to try out some direction, which I've not done before when shooting people (have only really done candids).

There's a few more shots from the shoot over on Lea's Photo-wife blog thing.

View all photos taken: Monday, 19th November 2007, This photo: 8:06pm

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  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
    very nice work dave.

    and kara!
  • .steve.t said:
    I agree.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Greg :-) Still learning with "studio" lights. I need to get a decent flash and some CTO gels as well.

    Thanks Steve!
  • Lalalian said:
  • The Sage of Shadowdale said:
    And very cool bling it is too. Kara looks much older here - it won't be long before she's going out on dates until 1am and you're fighting off the young men queued up at your front door (I dread that time myself although, since my daughter is a fair bit younger than yours, I have a bit more time on my side).

    Great shoot & direction too. Almost looks like a pro fashion shoot (I think the fan & long hair make a big difference). Excellent job Dave. And lookin' good Kara!
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  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)

    She informs me she drove a car on the weekend at her friends place. I can't say I'm impressed, either with her doing such a thing or her friends parents letting her.
    You're right though, I suppose it won't be long... guess I better polish up that rapier and find somewhere prominent to hang it...

    As for the shoot, it was run quite similarly to a model shoot. Directions were given, many shots were taken, props were used. :-)
  • donnamatrix said:
    I still remember when I brought home my first boyfriend. "Hi! I'm Pat. I have an unregistered rifle, a large compost, and a lot of quick lime."

    Impressively, he continued pursuing me. Brave man.

    (She looks lovely!)
  • ronnietan said:
    the lighting and the fan worked a treat! great shot
  • Nicole Pearce Photography said:
    Wow well done David, lighting is great and the angle is cool. plus she is so gorgeous!
  • -Bennie- said:
    great photo dave. Excellent lighting! Plus you've got a sweet girl there!

    gee. my daugthers are almost 5 and 18 months old. Why do i get the feeling that time is about to fllllyyyyyyyyyyyy.!
  • The Sage of Shadowdale said:
    looks like the Katana and Wakizashi swords I bought when I was much younger and into that kind of thing will come in handy one day. Nobody needs to know that they're just ornamental and the alloy can't be sharpened...(or so I was told).
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  • David de Groot said:
    That's a similar plan to the approach we'll probably take ;-)

    Simple props, but effective :)

    She is isn't she ? Although we try not to tell her too much in case her head gets stuck in the doorway ;-)

    Yes Bennie, time will fly indeed. I have a photo that used to be on my desk at work of Kara in Year 2, so small and pudgy back then, and it doesn't seem that long ago - now she's wearing jewellery!

    Yep, besides, they're still heavy aren't they - nobody has to actually get sliced up with 'em ;-) That's the most amusing part about my rapier, it's not sharp and probably can't be sharpened without a lot of work, but the point is very very sharp, and well for a rapier, that's the whole point.
  • FrAcTuReD...fOtOs said:
    Great partnership. Take as many as you can David as once she has reached that certain age it become a big no LOL. I can hardly get my daughter in front of a camera any more :(
  • David de Groot said:
    She's already like that Jeff. She complains of being "greasy" or something and not wanting to pose anymore. I only managed this shoot as she had new earrings and necklace to show off.
  • Maki_C30D said:
    great angle & love the windblown hair effect:-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Maria :) It's interesting what effects you can do at home with stuff just lying around the place.
  • apurdam (Andrew) said:
    That's weird. I thought I'd commented on this.
    A great photo. You should use this one for her fake id. She looks about ten years older!
  • David de Groot said:
    Argh! Don't give her ideas! ;-)
  • Warwick (wazzam) said:
    Beautiful shot Dave. Kara's a great model - I bet she loves this one. Better get the release forms ready LOL.
  • looby88 said:
    I also thought I'd commented on this earlier, put it down to operator erorphr, ( !!! )

    yeah looking good girl !
  • David de Groot said:
    I have a sneaky suspicion that I don't need a release as I'm the parental guardian - Mwhahahahaahahaaaa! ;-)

    And Kara's comment was "I don't look bad at all" -- I think she has some weird impression that I take pictures of her to make her look stupid...
  • looby88 said:
    LOL !!! there is no understanding the teenage mind , now why would she think that.......!!
  • David de Groot said:
    I'm absolutely stumped myself. I have no idea what she's going on about ;-)
  • looby88 said:
    LOL !!!! you have your innocent look on - I can tell.......
  • David de Groot said:
    Moi? I'm always innocent :)
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    Beautiful shot, lit from below like that.
    I shall have to convince my girls to have a got at this sort of thing :-=
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed David - very easy to setup, all you need are some bright lights, a white bedsheet to diffuse them (and someone/thing to hold the sheet up) and your camera (oh and the fan was handy for that blown hair look).