Shooting kids in the studio, always a challenge. But what a fun job to do. For both me as for my daughter Nicki. This weekend I decided to do another shoot with Nicki. I had this idea of a High-key photo shoot combined with flowers. So for the preparation we went shopping for a nice white dress and some artificial flowers. I had the idea to use roses and thought it was to risky to use real roses because of the thorns. So we went for fake flowers. Set up the studio with a white background, a soft box, a standard flash, and a hand held reflector. First we did some test shoots so Nicki could adjust to this new environment that suddenly appeared in her living room. The moment she was comfortable in the new environment we dressed her up and let her play with the props. And what a fun that was. After a while she understood that she could smell the flowers, or at least she could act that she was smelling them and we could even direct her into the right position (all I used was a small background (1,25 meters wide)) The moment she started to loose interest we gave her a new flower to play with and this worked really well. Ad the end we even introduced a whole lot of fake pedals to play with. Or should I say to throw with. That was the moment the fun for her really kicked in. Some tech info: All photos were shot with my Canon 5D, 24-70mm USM L, on 200ISO. I had to do a lot of polishing in Photoshop due to the fact that the background was very small. And as a final touch I used Scott Kelby’s 7-point system to enhance the […]

An annual tradition is to create our own personal christmas card, we always used our cat as main character, but since our daughter was born, she is the new main character. We made two variations. A small version that will be send via analog mail, and a large version that will be ditributed electronically. The first version is a clean version without text balloons. And the second version with text balloons. So a merry christmas and a happy new year to you all.

Some time passed, but I dusted of my Canon 5D and went on a little trip with my daughter Nickita. We had a lot of fun playing tag. I used Silver Efex Pro from Nik Software to transform the photo so black and white and to mimic an Ilford HP5 400 iso. I love the film grain setting in Silver Efex. Brings back old memories.

Last week I did some editing on old photo’s of Nicki, and I decided to combine them in a collection on the site. (Click here to see the collection.) I did not much editing, just transformed them to black and white with Adobe Lightroom. For some I used the Silver Efex Pro from Nik Software

Beautiful weather, nice flowers, great smell, lovely little lady. The perfect setting to get the camera out of the case and start shooting. These are just the raw shots, so they needs some rework, but at the moment I lack the time to do so. Will be updated soon. Click here to see the rest of the gallery [Canon 5d, 24-70mm f/2.8, flash polarization filter]

Still many ideas, but again, not enough time. While I was working on an idea for which I had setup all the gear, I used the opportunity to shoot some new shots of Nicki our daughter. I arranged a black background on the studio table and used two soft boxes. One placed on the right side, and the other placed in the front, high above. On the left side there is a window that produced a bit light from outside. It was a tough job due to the fact that the little lady moves around a lot more compared to a few months ago, and by placing the whole set on the studio table it was a bit risky. But at the end we managed. But the next time I will ask someone to assist with the little lady. I chose to make the images mono-tone (sepia) in Photoshop after I made them black and white, just because I think it adds more to the whole atmosphere. But that is a matter of taste. Click here to go to the gallery. [Canon 5D, 28-70mm f/2.8, 2 soft boxes]

Last week my wife joined us when we went swimming. So I had my hand free to aim while I was taking the pictures. And yes I got lucky, here you see a photo of my 6 months old daughter underwater. [Canon IXUS 75, underwaterhousing]

Not long ago I came to the idea to make a Christmas-card which involved our little baby girl. But before I would end up with the standard card, like a portrait with Christmas hat, or baby wrapped up as a present. I decided to try something else. I have been playing around with scale models. You know the little figures that are used on the model train tracks. And I came to the idea to create a Christmas cartoon. A little story that involves our little girl, Santa Claus, and little fairies. How was it done? I set up a product table and my studio lights. Did some test shoots with just the scale models. And then we placed Nicki (our daughter) on a sheep skin on the table. By now she is getting used to the lights and starts smiling as soon as she sees the camera. The little fairy was hanging on elastic invisible magic thread. This is something you can buy at any magic supply shop. And it is better than nylon fishing thread because it is elastic. So when something (or some little baby) pulls it, it won’t break. Light was one single soft box and for the background I used a piece of black background paper which was taped to the table and the wall. No photoshops edits or any other manipulations were needed. What you see is what you get…. Here are the first shots that involved the fairies. I thought the title was a perfect match. [shot with Canon 5D, 24-70mm f18, studio light (softbox)]

On the 12th of June 2008 our daughter Nickita (Nicki) Isadora Carina Pisa was born. For me this is one of the best things that happen in my life. So I do hope you can imagine that Nicki is one of my new favourite subjects. Nicki is a little lady that has a mesmerizing smile and is more then willing to show this. I started a new gallery with only pictures of Nicki (as you can imagine). Not all images are of high standard, due to the fact that a father is always blinded by the beauty of his own childeren. I will try to only place the most beautful and interesting images. For a more photo’s you can check the blog (only available in Dutch)

Did some studio work with my baby daughter Nicki. Most was done with natural light from the left and a white paper background. When these shots were taken she was 6 weeks old. If you click on the thumbnail you will be taken to the gallery where you will find the other photo’s of this shoot. Luckely it was a warm day so it was not a problem to let the little one out in the open for a while, so she was calm and relaxed during the whole shoot. Actually the whole shoot did not take more then 10 minutes. It is important to make sure that you work fast. When you loose the baby’s attention it’s better to stop and try an other time [shot with Canon 5D, 24-70, f/2.8, 100 iso, daylight, mixed with softbox]