Yes, I photograph the Bush children a lot. I’ll admit, I’m their Uncle with a camera. So my sister loves it when I suggest it is photograph time. Especially when there are apple blossoms in the orchard in Provo, Utah. In 2012 the blossoms showed up in May. I check weekly during the spring. It is a beautiful location to photograph. Occasionally you’ll see deer there. I’ve already posted the film version of this photo shoot, this is the digital version.
For this shoot we decided to bring the Bush family picnic basket, blanket, and garden seat. These would be prefect props for a picnic in the orchard. My job was to bring the camera gear and amazing lighting. Melanie, the mom, was my assistant and would hold a diffusion panel to soften the sunlight and the shadows created by the trees. I had my portable lighting setup to create beautiful soft light that would make everyone look their best. Compare this shoot to one I did back in 2008 and it is night and day difference. I barely did any processing on the photographs, most of these are right out of camera. A lot changes in 4 years. I have improved as a photographer and the kids have grown, in fact there is a new kids! That is why you get portraits regularly.
Even during portrait session it is nice to photograph some of the details of the location. Especially if we create a printed book. Videographers will often grab b-roll footage to add to a video. Photographers will photograph the details surrounding a photo shoot. For a wedding this would be the cake, decorations, bride’s shoes. For a photo shoot in an orchard, we would photograph the deer, blossoms, surrounding mountains. I think it helps tell a more complete story.
Photographing all 4 children together is just the start. We then break things down in groups, photographs of the girls, then the boy(s), then Mom with each child, and then individual shots. Everyone gets a chance to be a star!
Since Eve was only 10 months old she definitely got the superstar treatment. She even hammed it up for the camera. She made faces and really showed her personality. Her sitting by herself on the park bench are some of my favorite photographs ever, and I do mean that.