I know that, as a whole, bloggers are pretty shy about stating their opinions online. So I’m going to ask you to take a step outside your comfort zone for a few minutes and let me know what you think. Uh, yeah. Shy. That’s it. Right.
But seriously, I do need your help. In a month or so, J.P. and I will be the official photographers at “our” rescue’s Blessing of the Animals. We’ve done it before. The picture you see above is from 2004, when we still had our old camera. My question is:
What should we do for a backdrop?
We’ve always done some sort of autumn theme, and the event will be held on November 4, so that’s fitting. But I want to keep it interesting so we get repeat business. Who wants a picture of the exact same thing three years in a row? Plus, now that my photography skills have advanced a little, I would like them to look a little more . . . well, advanced.
- The event will be held in our church’s fellowship hall, and there will be all kinds of people, kids, pets, and commotion around us. Also, fluorescent light (but I do have one strobe flash).
- We print the images on-site and people take their 5 x 7’s home with them–no time for Photoshopping.
- As of last week, I have actual backdrop equipment (two stands, and a crossbar over which we could drape a backdrop).
- Sometimes there are just pets, sometimes there are kids and pets, and still other times there are entire families and their pets.
- Pet size ranges from German shepherd (and sometimes bigger!) to eight-week-old pups.
So yeah, there are a lot of variations, and of course people are standing around waiting for us, so it’s good if we don’t have to do a lot of adjusting in between each shot.
If you have photography advice for me, that’s great (please comment!). But even if you’re not into photography, what kind of photo/backdrop (possibly autumn-themed, though that definitely isn’t a requirement) would convince you to spend 20-30 minutes and ten bucks? All suggestions welcome!