Shot of th e day

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Our Ap­pren­tice says… Bradley was my fi­nal tiny model for the day and he had the lucky job of tak­ing part in our cake-smash shoot. Be­cause he was that lit­tle bit big­ger than the new­borns (be­ing a year old) I had to shoot a bit wider to fit him in. I upped the aper­ture to f/5.6 to en­sure both he and the cake were in sharp fo­cus. I also got down low to his eye level, as Fiona had shown me back at the start of the day. Us­ing some toys and songs, Fiona and I man­aged to di­vert his at­ten­tion away from de­mol­ish­ing the cake for a brief mo­ment to get a cheeky ex­pres­sion, and a “What did I do?” type mo­ment!

Our pro’s ver­dict… I think Laura has cap­tured a won­der­ful im­age of Bradley dur­ing his cake-smash to celebrate his first birth­day. It is chal­leng­ing to work with chil­dren of this age and cap­ture nat­u­ral smiles, but she did so with ease. She was warm and smi­ley with him, so he quickly re­laxed and en­joyed him­self. The only thing I might have tried to do dif­fer­ently would have been to get di­rect eye con­tact to­wards the cam­era, but that’s a tricky thing to do. The joy of the cake-smash is to cap­ture the fun that child is hav­ing, and this is a beau­ti­ful im­age show­ing just that.

EX­PO­SURE 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO200 LENS 24-70mm f/2.8

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