Portraits of Mom and Dad

– Decatur, Alabama Portrait Photographer –

As I mentioned in my previous post I have a goal to get updated portraits of my family to hang in my house.  I went to my parents’ house last week to shoot some images of them.  I started with my Dad out in their shop.  One of the items out there that I wanted to make sure to include was my granddad’s 1953 Chevrolet truck.  Several years ago my brother partially restored it and I actually used to ride with him to school in that truck.

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1953 Chevrolet truck

Character Portraits

Mom wasn’t thrilled about having her photo made but I promised her I would do a good job….I am really happy with what I got!  Hopefully…she’ll at least pretend she is happy with them too!  :)

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I wanted to put them in parts of the house that were relevant for each of them.  The room below used to be my sister’s room when we were growing up.  It has since become a guest room and it reflects my Mom’s style and artistic ability.  If I’m not mistaken the two paintings over her shoulder are ones that she painted.

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The room below was my room when I was little.  I stood there thinking about how I wanted to set up this photo and it hit me how much bigger I remember that room being.  This room is quite the multi purpose room now.  Guest room….grandkids room….work room…etc…  But the reason I wanted a photo of her there is because of the mural she painted for my nieces and nephews.

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This is Albert.  The most obese Jack Russell Terrier to ever waddle this planet.  He’s getting pretty old now but he’s a sweet dog.

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Now the hard part will be deciding which images to print and hang in the house.  Now on to my brother…sister…sister-in-law…and brother-in-law….not necessarily in that order.

Jack Russell Lover - Oh my. Albert looks like he’s seen better days. He reminds me of my granddad’s JRT who’s about 17 years old.February 22, 2010 – 4:11 AM

Carla Swinney - David! These are awesome shots of your parents, and the dog. Love them! I know they love them too!
CarlaFebruary 22, 2010 – 9:03 AM

Abbey Saloiye - These are wonderful. I wish I had portraits just like these of my grandfather.February 22, 2010 – 9:14 AM

David Higginbotham - Thank you all for your comments!February 22, 2010 – 7:20 PM

Photography By Jef - This is why you are 1. One of my favorite photographers, 2. A photographer I want to emulate 3. A photographer I would love to mentor me.March 3, 2010 – 5:20 PM

Vicki - The pictures you made of Bobbie and Jimmie are so good!!! I know they will like them too. It is wonderful your parents have kept the 1953 truck that belonged to your grandfather.

VickiMarch 3, 2010 – 10:18 PM

PhotographybyJef - What lenses and settings did you use to do the portraits of your mom? It looks like a slightly wider angle lens. And what was your light setup? Your dad in the garage had to have had a softbox or something to the left of camera. It’s well lit!March 7, 2010 – 7:51 PM

David Higginbotham - Jef,

For some of Mom’s portraits I used a 70-200 f2.8 and for a few of them I used a borrowed 85mm f1.8 lens shot wide open. For all of the images except the one of my parents together all of the light was natural. Even that photo of Dad in the shop was lit by a small window. It was an overcast day and the light was pretty easy to work with. I used reflectors on a couple but for the most part everything was straight up ambient light! On the portrait of them together I used a small strobe fired into an umbrella. Even then the power was turned way down. The angle of the light coming in from the windows wasn’t quite at a flattering angle so I added the flash to even it out. There is a ton of ambient light in that image as well. Hope this helps!

DaveMarch 10, 2010 – 10:13 PM

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