I've only used my DSLR to create still portraits, and that's where I've been comfortable. But I just came to the realization that I could be taking advantage of my camera's video features, too. "But switching to video is intimidating," screams the voice in my head! Well, that lasts for about a second before I'm determined to prove my insecurities wrong. So I am going to start creating portraits with movement, in addition to still portraits.
My children are my obvious go-to for trying out new things, and the video that follows is what I created from an afternoon of berry picking. I merged the video clips together in Photoshop, then uploaded it to Animoto where I added an intro slide and a song. I haven't been able to stop watching it because it speaks to the deepest part of my heart. Seeing my berry-stained children in the wonder and innocence of childhood, exploring and discovering, eating, smiling and laughing, makes me so insanely happy. And I want to share the power of moving portraits with others.
Louisa Nickel is a Rockford, IL photographer, serving the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin areas. She specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, children, and family photography.
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