Magazine Cover:)

I recently broke my wrist and had a cast above my elbow. I couldn't drive, couldn't open a jar, and could hardly lift, hold and use my camera. So imagine my dismay when the mother of the models I work with ask me to take some photos. She wanted to try for a magazine cover shot for her kids who often model for me. I had to say "yes" since she makes her kids available to me when I want to take some stock images.

But how? I could barely hold my camera steady. I couldn't manage setting up and using a tripod. I needed help from the mother to set up my light and to hold a reflector since a reflector stand was out (I couldn't set it up or manipulate it). I used a higher ISO than I normally use, trying to get to a faster shutter speed since I was shooting indoors without a tripod.

After we took the photos we intended to submit for the cover shot, I noticed one of the kids lying on her mother's bed kicking her feet up. The natural light from the window made her skin glow. But I needed a reflector to get the shot, and her mother wasn't available to hold it. Her 7 year old sister recommended putting her giant teddy bear on the bed and leaning the reflector on it. We did, and I took the shot.

And guess what--the irony is that it all worked!!! One of my images was chosen for the cover. Another chosen for an article in the magazine. And if that wasn't enough, the image of the girl on the bed was picked as an editor's choice!!

So, the moral of the story--even when you think you don't have the ability to take the photos you want to take, try for them anyway. Ask for help, even from kids. And always watch for the light, even when you think you are done shooting there might be another unexpected shot.

Below is the Cover Page link to the magazine--after looking at the cover, check out the photo inside the magazine of the two girls making cookies.. Although the images aren't in my stock portfolio, similar images like those below are. My editor's choice image is also below, as well as a photo that includes the very helpful giant teddy bear.

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December 31, 2013

Msalena

Warm and positive shots! Gooooood job! Good luck in 2014!

December 17, 2013

Adeliepenguin

Thank you, Doubleclick7 and Thorken. Thorken, the children's mother somehow learned that the magazine was looking for a cover for the December issue.

December 17, 2013

Doubleclick7

That's quite a story! Congratulations!

December 17, 2013

Thorken

Whow! Congratulation. How did you find the cover?

December 13, 2013

Adeliepenguin

Thank you Suebmtl--I will pass your comments along to the children. They will be thrilled with the response:)

December 12, 2013

Suebmtl

Adorable children and wonderful photos.Congratulations.

December 12, 2013

Adeliepenguin

Thanks, Maen!! You are a great DT friend:):):)

December 12, 2013

Mani33

Great work Adeliepenguin, I hope with this determination you will make more gorgeous photos when your wrist heals completely! :)
Keep it going my friend! ;)

December 11, 2013

Adeliepenguin

Thanks Brett!! I soooo appreciate your support:)

December 11, 2013

BCritchley

Beautiful work and a big congratulations on your success :)

December 11, 2013

Adeliepenguin

FabioConcetta and Yuritz, it is nice to hear from you. Thank you for your kind words.

December 11, 2013

Yuritz

Congrats and great work

December 11, 2013

FabioConcetta

Amazing portraits, well done!!!

December 10, 2013

Adeliepenguin

Thanks, Cory. Much appreciated!

December 10, 2013

CLCoker

Great pictures and congrats! Thanks for the inspiration!

December 10, 2013

Adeliepenguin

Thanks, Eliane. The lighting was amazing--some of the best light I've seen indoors like that. All from a window, helped with a reflector.

December 10, 2013

Elianehaykal

Inspiring blog and the last photo has great lighting!

December 10, 2013

Adeliepenguin

Thanks so much Cmoulton! Yes, kids have really cool perspectives--I love working with them:)

December 10, 2013

Cmoulton

beautiful story and great photos, congratulations! Kids often have very cool perspectives on things, don't they? Love it :)

December 10, 2013

Adeliepenguin

Thanks all for your kind comments:) Yeah, the kids are great. Fun to work with, but you have to be quick as they can get tired or bored easily. It is hard work trying to get the pose you want. Their mother helps with that. She is also good with coordinating clothes, hair, etc., and their big sister helps with make-up. Even though they are kids, details are still important and it is a team effort.

December 10, 2013

Perstock

Cute! And a model that becomes your assistant :-)

December 10, 2013

Lenutaidi

Wonderful smile have children! :) Well done!

December 10, 2013

Lostarts

And the kids did a great job too.

December 10, 2013

Lostarts

Super! Really nice photos. I used to sell to Mothering Magazine a thousand years ago ... all kids shots. You brought back some nice memories.

December 10, 2013

Miraclemoments

Well done and these shots are great. Hope they bring lots of sales to you.

December 09, 2013

Adeliepenguin

Thanks, Steve!
It might also help if you found a few cute kids to photograph, when you are doing that pushing:)

December 09, 2013

Stevegould

Adeliepenguin, I read your blog and commented there. But I want to tell you again that it's a very inspiring story. As still pretty much of a newbie, I can use all the inspiration I can find!
Ha! As soon as I posted this, I saw that my previous comment on your article's page popped up here, too. No matter, I'll leave this one for you, too.

December 09, 2013

Stevegould

That's an inspiring story for all of us. The next time I'm feeling tired, I'll try to remember it and push a little longer!

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