As a Lifestyle Photographer in New Jersey, my clients often ask me to create images that are unique and reveal the personality of their family.
This portrait concept was conceived months before the first snowfall. In the planning stages, special attention to where the igloo was going to be, the proportions of it, the lens selection, and camera angles were all taken into account.
Photographing at dusk offers a distinctive lighting effect. With the right timing, the ambient light of the day fades, and starts to compete with the artificial light being emitted by the street and house lights.
Balancing the light values of the child’s headlamp, including the other lamp inside the igloo – which provided depth, and the lights in the house, with the ambient light in the sky that reflected off the house, required some technical practice. A dry run a day before to select the proper light bulb wattages for the house lights was a good idea.
Once I had a great image, we all went back inside to warm up and photograph the family drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows – yum!
My setting were ISO 100, 35m, f7.1, 2.5sec