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Susan Wilkins
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/3/2006
 

Studio On-Site Background Choice


I have agreed to shoot portraits at a hospital event for new mothers and their babies (0-12 months). I have white, taupe and black canvas backgrounds and red, blue, and white paper background. Does anyone have a suggestion for best background choice? Second question is for posing: Is there a quick sure-fire pose that would work well for moms and infants? I am taking studio lights - probably 2 rather than 3. Thanks!


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10/19/2009 6:27:44 AM

 
John H. Siskin
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  Hi Susan,
I like a mottled gray and then I can use a light on the gray to change the color or density. Given your choices, I would go with the taupe. I would also take the extra light - not only is it good for the background, it is just good to have back-up. You might want to look at this article on backgrounds:
www.betterphoto.com/article.asp?id=176.
In terms of posing: mother holding infant to chest is a classic. Used in Western art since there was Western art.
Good luck!


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10/19/2009 5:47:09 PM

 
Susan Wilkins
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/3/2006
  Thanks for the info. I had narrowed down my choice to either white or taupe. Taupe is good. It really isn't any trouble to take 3 lights so I'll do that, also. This first event is expected to be small but will build as the plan to have one every quarter with approx 1600 women/babies invited. I'm sure I'll learn on a few and hope to be successful enough to be invited to each program. I am also allowed a vendor table free
of charge. Thanks again!


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10/20/2009 11:24:25 AM

 
John H. Siskin
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  Hi Susan,
Sounds like a great opportunity. Good Luck!
John Siskin


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10/20/2009 12:16:14 PM

 
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