Thursday, December 10, 2015
Bettis 2015 Holiday Party
Although there was a period when I took some time off, this is easily the longest running assignment I've had. Long enough that for some of the children I'm photographing now, I also photographed their parents 20 or 30 years ago when THEY were kids. For the last 13 years I've shot this with digital equipment. With the advent of online galleries and social media, we no longer supply prints, but rather provide a digital file that parents can use as they wish. They are in an online gallery for the parent to download, so it is no longer necessary to track the individual photos. Overall, things are much more streamlined now.
I decided to try a few new wrinkles this year. Rather than my previous years' setup of an on-camera flash mounted on a flash bracket, I decided to have two flashes firing into 33-inch white umbrellas, using the wireless trigger mounted on the camera. The wireless trigger was the key to making this work, because I didn't want wires dangling where a child running around might trip on them. This setup worked like a charm. The lighting was very even, and the resulting images were very consistent, requiring a minimal amount of exposure correction from image to image.
The second change this year was to use the EyeFi card in the camera to send images directly to my iPad, so parents could get an idea what the images looked like. This proved to be quite popular with parents, and gave them confidence that their kids looked good in the photos (other than the occasional screaming and crying toddler, of course...).
The photos can be found HERE.