Sandy Summers Russell
Summer Land Photography
I’m a former metro newspaper photographer who fell in love with a small-town farm boy. I married him, moved to the middle of nowhere, had children, and started my own business in 2007. While I still do a fair amount of editorial and commercial work my emphasis is portraiture, especially children. I just love capturing their beautiful innocence and honesty.
This brother and sister session was done in one of our lovely Eastern Washington orchards. I don’t use a ton of props or get very stylized in my photography. Instead I want the beautiful location, lighting, and most importantly the people to be the main emphasis.
My clients love to order albums, so I always keep that in mind while working. When photographing these types of sessions where it’s all done in one location the key is to avoid redundancy. Don’t shoot the same photo over and over again with only slight adjustments because a client is going to go brain dead looking at the images. Get individual photos of each sibling as well as together. Vary their outfits, their poses, the angles you shoot from, and the distance you are standing from your subject. I use fixed focal length lenses when I shoot, so that means I do the moving; so whether it’s crawling around on my stomach, pulling back to get a shot that shows the location, or getting in close to showcase their beautiful sweet faces, I’m always on the move. In the end I want to be sure I come back with images that capture their personality, and a little slice of childhood when they where young playing in the summer sun.