Post 2 – The Half-way Point – A Little Less Isolated
After my first blog post I was trying to work out how to approach the other parents that I regularly see at the various groups and classes my daughters attend.
My opportunity arose as a result thanks to a happy coincidence when ‘Grace and Millie’s mum’ asked me to keep an eye on her older daughter while she changed her younger girl.
She couldn’t remember my name but knew it started with a ‘K’! I saw this as a natural way to ask if some of the mums at the library that day (no other dads that day) would be interested in helping me with my project.
I already had the test shots I’d done of myself and my wife to show them so they could see what I had in mind.
I was very pleased that a handful of the mums were glad to participate.
The woman who runs the children’s activities at the library also volunteered to see if we could use the library as a venue to get several shoots done in one go. Sadly that didn’t come to be.
However, over the next few weeks, I managed to make arrangements to do shoots in the homes and/or work places of some of the parents.
I also created a ‘model release/consent form’ to explain the project and what I would be doing with the images created so that I could document their permission with a signature page on the back.
Each parent was given 2 copies, one to sign and return to me and the other to keep.
After a few false starts and changes in plans due to venues being cancelled and me and my children being ill I finally got my first session done in January.
This was at the studio of a photographer I know who is in a very similar position to myself in trying to balance being a stay at home parent with being a self-employed photographer.
This session was slightly nerve wracking because it was both the first shoot and I was also shooting a very talented photographer in their own studio!
But, it was also a great opportunity as I was shooting in a larger space and was able to experiment with different compositions and lighting positions and discuss the technical aspects with someone else.
I was surprised at how hard it was to intentionally avoid focussing on people’s faces and also that I had to remember to shoot in portrait orientation for most of the images.
In addition to having a great shoot we also had a great conversation about the stresses of trying to work as a photographer at the same time as being the main caregiver for a preschool child or children.
It actually felt great to be able to talk to someone facing very similar issues to myself.
In terms of the technical, photographic side of things all of these images were shot using my Fujifilm X-T30 and XF35mm f1.4 lens. The lighting was either window light (where sufficient), a Rotolight NEO2 LED panel with Rotolight soft box kit or Rotolight AEOS LED panel into a Godox umbrella softbox.
So, after all that preamble – here are some out of focus portraits of some people I kind of know.