Children Portraits: Houston Suburban Cowboys

May 26, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Ever since "Go Texan Day" this year in Houston, Texas, I've been wanting to take some photographs of my twins in their cowboy getup that their Nonnie had bought them.  I might be a biased father, but I think they look awfully cute in these costumes.  My idea was pretty simple:  have them dress up in their cowboy/cowgirl costumes and pose them outside next to their bouncing horse toy that their Uncle Emile had bought them two Christmases ago.

Here is a picture of the setup:

 

Children Portrait Photography Setup Behind the ScenesLighting Setup of Cowboy and Toy Horse Here is the list of equipment that was used:

  • Camera:  Canon 5D Mark II
  • Lens:  70 - 200mm f/2.8L
  • Lens Filter:  Heliopan Circular Polarizer (SH-PMC)
  • Flash:  Canon 580 EXII with Radiopopper PX radio transmitter/receiver system
  • Flash Modifier:  Cheetah Beauty Dish
  • Lightstand:  Cheetah Boom with a 15 pound sandbag as a counterweight to prevent the heavy beauty dish from toppling over
  • Tripod:  Vanguard Alta Pro 26AB100

 

Audrey was the first of the twins to hop onto the horse and be my model.  She did a great job, wouldn't you agree?

 

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Next up was William.  William is the wilder one of the twins and this photo really shows off his personality.

Houston children photography photo portrait cowgirl cowboyBoy Dressed as Cowboy Riding a Toy Horse with Hat in Hand

Houston children photography photo portrait cowgirl cowboyBoy Dressed as Cowboy Riding Toy Horse Houston children photography photo portrait cowgirl cowboyBoy Dressed as Cowboy Riding Toy Horse Houston children photography photo portrait cowgirl cowboyBoy Dressed as Cowboy Putting Hat on Toy Horse

Unfortunately, we had already had a VERY busy day, and this photoshoot did not start until around 7 pm.  And without dinner.  I was not a smart "Daddy" and the photoshoot did not last as long as I had wanted mainly because the cowboy and cowgirl became tired and restless "natives"!

This photo really shows how difficult and tiring it is to be a model!

Houston children photography photo portrait cowgirl cowboyBoy Dressed as a Cowboy Slouched Over a Toy Horse

 

I know I really want to revisit this photo session when my models are in a better mood.

So, what are you thoughts?  Please leave a comment (or two) below!  Thanks!

 


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