1 year old shoot - first ever

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  1. Scuba

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    So this was my first shoot with a child and well with any person. C&C would be greatly appreciated.
    All were shot with natural light only on a cloudy day.

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    To my all untrained eyes it looks like nothing went seriously wrong with these. The overcast day gave you naturally diffused light, in the first, her clothing gave you the necessary reflection, she was easy going with you around, is cute, focus and DOF look good ... and my personal favourite is the third. If I were her parent, that one'd be framed.
     
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    Looks like a pretty successful shoot for your first try! In the majority of the photos, was she looking at her mom/dad? If so, I would try to get close to that person. In my experience, if I have the mom/dad over my shoulder (so to speak), I catch the child's eyes focused on my camera for a moment every so often.
     
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    Thanks for the comments. Yeah i think she was looking at the parents who were off to the side a little. On the swing it was hard to dead on because she was looking at the person pushing the swing so I clearly couldn't be in the way.

    How many shots are about normal for a shoot like this? And how many should be delivered to the client?
     
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    anyone else have any comments?

    This was my first time really messing with unsharp mask. Did I over do it at all? I had to redo a few when I first edited them because I went a little crazy with it.

    Also did I soften the skin too much?
     
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    Spot on to me...nice job!
     
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    Awesome photos, who is this cutie....? really a good effort, I like 4th and 5th. Good work. Keep posted
     
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    Am I the only one who loves her expression on #6? That was an amazing capture!

    Shooting on an overcast day is great for the lighting, but the overcast sky is usually not a good background. It's tricky, but I would try to avoid it as much as possible.

    In my experience with kids, the main thing is to capture an expression. It's much more important to the parents than details of lighting and composition - the stuff we worry about.
     
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    Actually #6 keeps coming back to me as my favorite. I love that look, I think it is priceless.

    Any tricks for avoiding the overcast in the background?
     
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    She is one of my neighbors daughter. My neighbor said she likes my shots that she had seen and asked if I want to do their 1 year photo's. I told them I had never done anything like that but I would love to try. I think it turned out pretty good.
     
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    @Scuba: Interesting, your first trial was perfect. I think your "baby" photography will be awesome in this forum.
     
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