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A day with the Bloom’s | Brooklyn, NY

Hi Friends!

We are taking a quick detour from our beloved wedding posts to share this super sweet family session that Elkin photographed a few weeks ago.  I have been in touch with Adriana for a little while now.  She first contacted us through our Facebook page about doing a newborn session for her sweet, now 7 month old daughter Jade.  Unfortunately, his was right around the time that we decided to stop photographing newborns.  I told Adriana that we would love to reconnect with her around Jade’s 6th month mark when she was able to sit on her own.  Sure enough at that time she reached out and we  settled on a date.  We had agreed to the shoot at her house.  Elkin’s had an idea about doing a lifestyle family session for a while now.  He pretty much wanted to document “a day in their life”.  The Bloom’s have a pretty awesome place, rooftop included ;-).  Once we shot around the house, we decided to take advantage of the unseasonably warm December weather, and shot up to the rooftop to take some photos highlighting the amazing NYC skyline.  Here are a few photos from that day.

Thank you Josh + Adriana! We had such a fun time with your beautiful family!






elkinFebruary 8, 2014 - 11:36 am

Hi Shonda! thaanks for dropping by!

Im a self taught photog and pretty much have learned from trial and error and practice, so is hard for me to recommend a book, but i can tell you what ive learned over the years, although equipment doesnt make the photographer, it sure helps….when shooting indoors and not much light is available, is good to have a camera that handles ISO well, has a good AF system and a good fast lenses paired up wouldnt hurt either….often times we are limited by our gear specially when shooting indoors and available light is just not enough. Dont be afraid to use a flash, alot of the shots in this post where done with flash, simply bounced backwards, I used to think this was common knowledge but ive come to find out alot of photographers dont really bounce, bouncing backwards off a wall creates an all around bleed of fill light, now if you have white walls and ceilings you are golden. Avoid shooting facing a window, instead shoot with the windows behind you and use the light bleeding through the windows in your favor. If the light bleeding in is too direct, use the curtains as diffusers, or simply carry your own foldable diffuser. If all else fails, keep in mind that alot of these images you see that evenly lit, are also edited, shadows/highlights adjust, ambient light, etc. ULTIMATELY take whatever light is available and use it to your advantage, dont fight against it….hope that makes sense! 🙂

shondaFebruary 8, 2014 - 6:58 am

Hi there! I was the one that commented on this session on Instagram. So my question is about indoor lifestyle photography. It is my dream to begin shooting these sessions here in Colorado. I cannot for the life of me find any information about how to perfect (as much as possible) the lighting and getting exactly what I want my pictures to look like indoors. Did you use any books or any other information to help you get to where you are with your indoor natural light photography? If so would you be willing to share with me. I look on the Internet and YouTube for indoor natural light photography but can barely find anything. I understand that it can be the camera body and lens I have as well. Thank you so much and once again I am so glad I have found your work, you are truly an inspiration!!!

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