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Emily and Kiel, The Out-Takes

Update: If you want to see the full video from the post below I have posted it to my personal Family Blog.  The full version is quite a bit longer and is full of old family pictures and the fun pictures as they were kids.  I figure if you are not family, why would you want to see it.  But just in case, here is the link:  Full Video Post.


I’ve posted a few time about the upcoming wedding of Emily and Kiel.  You’ll have to forgive me for the number of posts over the last month or so.  I have good reason to use them – 1. while I was working to get my website coded the way I wanted it (I think I’m about there) and my camera/software skills back to where I felt comfortable, and while I tested out some printers and such, they made good guinee pigs;  and 2. Kiel is my kid and Emily soon will be.  Of course I’m going to be a bit obsessed with them getting married.

I was asked to put together a slide show of their two lives up to this point, with all the funny pictures of them as kids, and all the snapshots they have while dating, etc.  While doing that I thought I would put together a guick slideshow of the day we had taking their engagement photos.   I used some of the finals that they and I liked, but also a bunch of the out takes.  It is the out takes that usually show what kind of day you had.

One thing I’ve learned over the years as a photographer is to take A LOT of pictures when you have someone in front of you.  When I’m working on more artistic or personal work I believe in being much more deliberate.  The more deliberate you are the more I find that perfect shot, and the more I find I pay attention to the details.  This is important.  It is a bit different for me when I’m working on a portrait session or wedding, for me the more I take the better.  I used to say, “film is cheap.”  Now that everything is digital, “film is free.”

One of the upsides of getting many shots, for me at least, is that I find I capture personalities.  The process of taking many shots  has the effect of calming people on the other side of the camera, they just sort of forget you are taking pictures (because you are taking so many).  They will start to talk to you, or to interact with each other – basically become much more natural. That is when the magic happens. This gives me the chance as a photographer to really capture something that I see in them.  Until they relax I’m not really working with the real “them”.  Portaits are a team effort, me with them.

It may not work for everyone, but it has worked for me.  Anyway, I threw together this slide show of a few of the finals they liked, but many more of the out takes.  I think you get a good feel of them and the day as a whole this way.

And, it was fun for me.

Emily and Kiel Teaser from Jon Yager on Vimeo.

  • 21 Jul ’09 - 2:01 pm

    valerie - Nice! I especially liked the one at 3:02, totally natural =) It looks like you did this in more than one day, such variety!
    For me, taking lots of pictures is definitely the way to go too, unless I have a ‘fixed’ idea or when I’m taking macros in good circumstances, something like that. I guess it depends on the situation, but now that I’m starting with portraits, I will definitely take lots and lots of photos. It’s the only way to learn properly, I think, and it gives you options later on, when something you thought would work, doesn’t come out the way you wanted it to.ReplyCancel

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