Ahh, I love how these photos turned out! Megan and I have been planning this photoshoot ever since Dad first mentioned planting sunflowers months ago. Because, of course, aren’t sunflower fields for taking pictures in? Heh, no, he planted them as a crop for the doves or, more to the point, the dove-hunters. 😉
But this field did make for a marvelous photo location. As always, I took the pictures of Megan, and she took the ones of me. Ready for some sunny pictures?
We drove out to the field in a hurry to get there before the sun went down (per usual). Megan tried to put in her earrings during the ride, but she didn’t quite make it, so she used the car mirror to finish up when we got there. :’D I keep telling her she should wear earrings more often so it’s not such a struggle… *shakes head* 😛
Loooook, isn’t it lovely? Not as perfect as a standard sunflower field, but that’s okay. Dad planted sunflowers in a couple other locations, but this was best overall because of the nice background and amount of blooms.
Of course we couldn’t forget the obligatory flower-in-front-of-face photo. 😉
I love these of Megan picking sunflowers! They look so peaceful and pretty with the sun and the pose and the colors… ahh.
She didn’t actually pick the flowers (except the one she’s holding, obviously). Because, for Megan, “picking” is putting it mildly. She’s most enthusiastic in harvesting blooms, and it ends up looking a bit violent in pictures. O.o But I think we can all agree that she not-picks flowers beautifully. I mean…
It seems wrong to put sunflowers in black and white, but I did it anyway. Isn’t this lovely, though?
This is a favorite for both of us. Classic and beautiful!
Megan will probably end up using some of these as her senior photos since she’s graduating this year. This one depicts what she will feel like when she is finally done with school (and math, especially).
Since Dad planted a mix of crops, not just sunflowers, the foliage was quite dense and enveloping when you sat in it. It made me nervous to put down the extra lens bag I brought along in case I should lose it. I didn’t lose it, but Megan accidentally lost my watch when it fell out of her pocket somewhere in there. Sadness. Oh well, it was time for a new one.
Megan also walked quite well. (Aren’t you proud of her?) It looks more natural and less stiff in photos if you walk with more movement than usual – swinging your hands, swaying a bit, etc. She walked unnaturally very naturally. *applauds*
When I was editing these pictures and scrolling back and forth, this one always made me happy for some reason. It’s so pretty and peacefully cheerful and just makes me smile. ❤
I need to improve my photography skills in the taking-pictures-of-people-running-toward-you department. This is rather blurry. But I’m realizing that those can be lovely. People smile much more easily when they’re moving fast enough to blur – especially running through a sunflower field at golden hour with a tiny bouquet in your jean pocket.
Whoa, Megan looks so different here, maybe because of the vintage portrait style. I really like it in black and white. There’s just something about this one that makes you stop to look again…
Megan has a much better “serious face” than I do for photos. She looks like she’s in a movie scene where they show someone’s face with sad music and you’re supposed to figure out what they’re thinking about and how it relates to the plot – you know what I’m talking about?
But really, she was probably just feeling remorse for uprooting this poor sunflower. (WHAT DID I SAY ABOUT HER FLOWER PICKING SKILLS??) I must have mentioned that before I took the picture, which made us both laugh. To be fair, the stems were TOUGH. I think I uprooted one too.
Intermission picture before we switch to pictures of me. 😉 I worked extremely hard at making a Lightroom preset for these photos, and am mostly satisfied with the result. Probably won’t be next year, heh. I definitely want to make a LR tutorial post in the future. Anything specific I should cover?
This is one of my favorites Megan took of me! Get ready for a lot of twirling photos, because it was FUN.
I mean, I actually look kind of graceful here! I’m so proud of my arms for looking normal. *fond smile* I have double-jointed elbows which makes for can make for some VERY odd and non-graceful photos. :
And sometimes I just look like this. Heh. I’m not sure if this was on purpose or on accident… I talk WAY too much when people are taking pictures of me, oops. But it’s like going to the dentist: when they ask you something, what do they expect you to do??
The moral of this photoshoot is, while posing your subject like a doll can yield beautiful results, it’s often easier for non-models (a.k.a. me) to look natural instead of stiff if you have them DO something. Run, jump, twirl, reach, swing their arms or dresses, smooth their hair, hold a bouquet, etc.
Okay, at this point I JUST REALLY LOVE THE B&W ONES.
If your subject is wearing a dress or skirt, ask them to hold on to it (gently) or give it a little swish. I wasn’t able to twirl around fully, but you can fake it by just pulling out the fabric a bit.
I loooove the golden glow in this photoshoot and the way the sun shines through Megan’s and my hair. (That sounded really weird. I need to ask my brother if that was proper grammar…) Of course, backlighting highlights the frizz in my hair, but it also turns it a pretty color, so I’m good with that.
The cornfield in the background really did make for a great backdrop. I love how it gives these a natural, farmland feel.
Let’s talk “photogenic.” People always comment on our sisters photoshoots telling us we’re photogenic, but… well, we just don’t show you all the outtakes – especially of me. 😛 I have awkwardly long arms, legs, and fingers, and in case you haven’t noticed, I’m sure not a model. HA. But I DO smile a lot when I’m with people (including whoever’s behind the camera), and I think a genuine smile – or really, any genuine emotion, happy or sad – is one of the most beautiful, photogenic features of any portrait. It’s what connects with people, no matter what you look like.
Like here: my arms and hand look disturbingly awkward and my hair is, um, NOT perfectly styled; but the main thing that gets conveyed is joy, because that’s what I was feeling. That’s what connects with people. We get so caught up in outside appearance that we sometimes forget this. Many of my favorite portraits from other photographers are breathtaking because they show a little bit of the soul of the person. Faces are lovely, but not what we ARE. I want my photos to show what IS.
If your photographer’s any good, they’ll take care of creating the beautiful pictures – you just need to take care of being there and not being too afraid of the camera.
Another example of a very blurry picture that I love anyway. I hope Megan wasn’t falling over here. O.o But the tilted horizon and flying hair and black and white filter tell a story and convey emotion in a way a perfect shot wouldn’t.
Like I said earlier, I just naturally smile a lot when I’m around people. I don’t, like, smile at my computer screen when I’m working in my studio or anything… although I’m smiling right now just thinking about that. XD But anyway, it’s hard for me to look serious in pictures without either cracking up or looking extremely bored or tired. Heh. I think this one worked since I wasn’t actually looking AT Megan.
Also looking down makes serious faces easier. It’s funny because despite what this blog may convey, I can be very serious (or sad) and I love real conversations about important topics. But I can’t look at someone holding a camera and look photogenically serious unless I try really hard. *shrugs*
I shall end with a picture just for Aria, my best friend who always teases me about my strangely long fingers. 😛 SORRY, DEAR, I CAN’T HELP IT.
Well! That got long. But this was so fun to make for you guys. I hope you enjoyed those heaps of pictures and photography tips/ behind-the-scenes stories sprinkled in. 🙂 Make sure to check out Megan’s post to see her favorite photos from the shoot!
Which photo(s) did you like best? Do you feel more natural looking serious, or smiling in photos? And aren’t sunflower fields such wonderful things?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D3400 and a 35 mm lens. Edited with Lightroom.