Mateo’s Baby and Family Portraits

May 02, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

We had so much fun yesterday taking Mateo’s pictures!  It was an entire family affair: he was both adorable and cooperative.  I was a little concerned that we couldn’t make it something that was totally different from his cousin’s pictures.  But his parents did their homework and had lots of ideas for us to try, I think it worked out pretty well.

You just have to take a mother/baby portrait.  After all that hard work and taking great care of both of their health for the past year, it is a required image.  Sara is our baby, well she is the youngest.  She does such an incredible job as a mommy making sure he has everything he needs.  This little guy can go through some diapers in a hurry!  And he loves to be held by just about anyone, but especially his mommy!

And it just wouldn’t be fair to not have some of dad with his new son.  It was so hard to get Hugo to look proud and beaming for his pictures, but he dug deep and was able to pull it off. :)

We’ve got lots more great images from the session, but no need to put them all up.  I just wanted to share this very incredible week and some of the joy we are experiencing with the newest addition to our family!  We did venture outside (it is San Diego) to try a totally different look for the family portrait and here is what we came up with.  I think it works.

For Photographers:
Since I flew out here I had to keep my equipment simple.  I brought all my Nikon gear including two strobes, an SB900 and the new SB700.  I also brought out a Cheetah QBox as my main and only light modifier.  I figured that with this gear I could pull of just about anything we wanted to try.  I am so happy with my decision to switch to Nikon nearly a year ago.  The lighting I achieved here would have been much more complicated without the Nikon Commander system that is built into the camera.  The simple ability to adjust light output from the back of camera to the remote strobes makes life so simple!  You could achieve similar results with other strobes, but you would need lots of additional equipment to make it happen and it wouldn’t be near as convenient.


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