Your Questions About Childrens Portraits

James asks…

how can i find a childrens portrait studio in vermont?

Timo answers:

By looking.

Daniel asks…

Is it acceptable to do portrait photoshoots from my lounge?

Looking at starting a business doing childrens portraits , do you think it would be okay to set up temporary studio from my lounge?

Timo answers:

You have to watch for a few things.

1- Insurance.
Your insurance company might refuse to pay up if a client of yours is injured at your home if you just have regular home coverage so ready your insurance contract carefully or purchase supplemental liability insurance (or equivalent in whatever jurisdiction oyu are in).

2- Local by-laws (or council resolutions or whatever they are called in your neck of the woods):
Some municipalities restrict the types of business that can be run from home and some even restrict the amount of space your home business can take in your home. Call your municipal government (or local coucil office or whatever) and find out what the restrictions are so as to avoid a fine or worse.

Those are 2 big points.

Charles asks…

Which Canon EF “L” lens is better for portraits 24-70 mm, or 24-105?

My parents are considering buying me the Canon Mark D II, and it comes with a 24-105 mm lens, is this a good lens for infant/childrens portraits if I am looking to do full body portraits, showing the backgrounds as I am going to invest in some seamless background paper, and possibly a modcloth backdrop.
Is the 24-70 mm better for childrens portraits than the 24-105 mm ? I can see that the 24-70 mm is a “faster” lens, but is there really a big difference between the two lenses.

If I get the kit with the 24-105 mm lens, should I really buy the 24-70 additionally, as it may be a faster lens and take a better photo, or is it not worth it to invest that much money if there isn’t that much of a difference.

Additionally, what is the best focal length on a full bodied (35mm) camera for infant/childrens portraits. I have read conflicting opinions of it being 50 – 100, to 50-150 … I also read that for what I am looking to do, which is childrens full bodied portraits, that the 24-70 is good as you would want a wider frame ? and that the 24-105 mm is good for full bodied.

Also I am taking pictures of babies, so you tend to want to be a bit closer to them than an adult, to be able to reposition them when they are crawling away ETC.

Thanks in advance for your advice/opinions. All are greatly appreciated and taken into consideration, as I am new to photography and am very interested to learn to take great portraits of my daughter. She has a facial deformity, and I despise taking her for her portraits because I like to avoid the comments. I’d love to be able to take portraits of her myself that conceal the deformity as well.


Timo answers:

Canon ?D, Mark II (5D, 1D, 1Ds)

As you know that camera is a full frame camera, what you apparently don’t know is that portrait lenses for that camera are either the 85 mm or 100 mm lens lengths, so if you want to buy a zoom strictly for shooting portraits, the 70-200 mm f/2.8 is a better choice since it covers both those focal lengths. The 24-105 mm will cover all the focal lengths you need right now while you are learning how to use the camera itself, so hold off buying any other lens until you have a good understanding of how a fully adjustable camera works. Consider the lighting you need to buy to produce good “portraits” of babies or others. This means doing some research to see which lighting kit will suit your shooting style the best. You will need at least a key and fill light as well as some kind of background stand with lighting for it as well.

It is usually not a good investment to buy lenses that cover the same focal lengths unless they are prime lenses. For instance you may end up owning a 24-70 mm f/2.8, 70-200 mm f/2.8 and a 85 mm f/1.4 mm prime lens. That means that you will eventually be selling the 24-105 mm as you enhance your camera system. As you can see, there is much more to photography than just having a nice camera.

Concealing flaws is a whole different issue. You will have to spend a lot of time learning how to use a program like Photoshop. For advanced retouching, you will find taking a class or two may be the best way to avoid a lot of frustration when using Photoshop.

Learning to shoot portraits is going to take a while. See if you can work as an assistant to a portrait photographer for about six months so you can learn lighting and the business of photography too.

David asks…

Please help me choose a DSLR camera for taking family portraits and a friends wedding.?

ok so I love photography but I know nothing about it. All I know is that people who have seen my photos love them and continue to tell me that I should get into the business of photography. I laugh! Anyway, i have a friend who is getting married in August. Her fiance and her a very very low income. They will not have a photographer so I was asked to jump in and take some photos. I am excited as i have some great Ideas but I know my lil camera will not do the job. Right now I have a Casio Exilm 5.0 mp and 3x optical zoom. I have used it for childrens portraits to 8×10 and my Best Friends Engagement photos. But I will need something that will zoom better and allow me to size pictures well at 10×13. I am looking at a Sony a350k or even the a300k sounds good. I cannot affort extra equipment so I need something that will have to do all for now. I am an amature and am just doing this for a favor. Please help. My budget is about $600. Thanks!

Timo answers:

I’m suggesting that you try on the Nikon D60. Its a really good camera and will serve all your purpose. Bright images and VR lens is just to much to resists. You could also add filters or save up to buy speedlite with your balance. How’s that?

Susan asks…

I have the painting the childrens hour(antique portrait of woman & 2 children looking for the lady who was as

Timo answers:

How many years it have? You need to determine the century and after it will be more easy to determine the stile, region, motive, and artist.


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