Happy New Year!

A vision of the future…

My kids… party animals… <shudder>

Today is New Year’s Eve, and unlike most sane adults that are probably prepping to go out and party, or perhaps host one, my wife and I are staying warm… at home… with the kids.

I was getting bored, and I just so happened to have some props I bought at the dollar store. 🙂

This was a VERY quick shoot. I think it took maybe 5 minutes… and that included setting it up, taking the pictures. Wham. Bam. Thank you ma’am.

Setup was simple enough. I was a bit lazy in getting my equipment setup… so instead of a light stand, I used my tripod with the flash I had pointed towards the background. Eh.

The other flash was in the softbox. Flash settings are on the setup shot below.


Camera settings were as follows:

Fuji X-Pro 2

ISO 200

1/125th shutter speed

Fuji XF 50-140mm f/2.8 lens @ f/8

I had them sitting on a bench.


If you noticed on the setup shot, there was a “Vanity Fair” label…

Annie Leibovitz takes amazing portraits. I was Pinteresting the other day and came across this image of Robert De Niro from 2000.


I liked it. It was simple. It was a great portrait. I decided to replicate it with my son. 🙂

All of our chairs are too big for him to get into that exact pose. While I was scratching my head, my son suggested using his bean bag chair. It worked out great. Smart kid.

All of my camera settings were the same from the New Year pics above. The only difference was I removed the gridded flash on the background, and pumped up the flash in the softbox from 1/16th, to 1/2 power.

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