However I have discovered so many great photographic groups in my area which allow for much out of comfort zone experiences.
Yesterday afternoon I meet up with the about 15 area photographers to do just that. They had a couple of wonderful volunteer models on hand and the fun of portrait taking commenced. It was a ton of fun and I am still waiting to get my film back from the processors. Until that time I did get a couple of shots with my point and shot Nikon L11. Here are the two results.
Since I don't have photo shop I decided to try out picnik. It was so much fun. And it made my pictures look much better then expected. Since this is only the third time I have attempted to take portraits I think it went quite well. I might suggest if you're new to try out Picnik. They allow free editing and it lets you get used to playing around with different effects. Here is another shot I did last night with just slightly different style
I went with more of a 1960's feel for this. I have to say it is one of my favorite shots. It was semi-posed but only after on of the girls did this exact same look naturally and I just loved it so I had her do it again. I've discovered that sometimes the best shots come from watching your subjects mannerisms and just having them repeat it again.
The hardest part of portrait taking is being able to communicate with your subject exactly what you see in your head. With objects you don't really have to worry about that. Speaking of which I did manage to sneak in a photo that didn't have the wonderful models in it.
If you live in the Southwest Missouri area and would love to be apart of these fun meet ups feel free to join them on their Facebook page for more info or feel free to comment below.