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    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    ASSIGNMENT DETAILS:
    Purpose: Heritage Defense, a Texas-based organization dedicated to protecting the biblical family through legal assistance and public policy initiatives, is creating two life-sized posters to be used as part of their trade show booth backdrop display!
    Request: Two professional, stock-quality photos of:
    1) a mother with children looking through a peephole on one side of a front door
    2) a Child Protection Services worker knocking on the other side of the same front door
    Perspective Details: The trade show booth backdrop display itself will be comprised of three life-sized posters, the left poster displaying the photo of the mother, the center poster displaying the Heritage Defense logo, and the right poster displaying the photo of the CPS worker. However, when placed side by side, the photos of the mother and CPS worker should appear to be one photo, as though the viewer is standing in the cross-section of the wall between them. In order to get this effect, it will require that both photos be photographed at the same height, focal length, angle, distance from the wall, and distance from the subject as much as possible. (As as a special side note…if you take a look at the example images I took in the reply below, I should have been standing closer to the wall when I took those photos; my distance from the wall is too far away.)
    More Details: Here are more details about the two requested photos:
    1) Mother: a modestly-dressed mother in a skirt or dress holding a baby while beginning to lean forward toward her home’s front-door peephole to look through it while one/two other children run playfully around her legs. The mother has a concerned look on her face. The inside of the home is bright with tasteful decor.
    2) CPS Worker: a female government social worker in modest, business attire (in her 20s or 30s) knocking on the outside-side of the front door. She would be holding a briefcase (a portfolio or clipboard could also work) in her left hand while knocking with her right hand. The briefcase would allow a social services seal to be Photoshopped onto it. The social worker has a business-like look on her face. The outside of the home would show part of the front yard.
    Orientation: Each photo will be cropped to a vertical 4:9 ratio, so make sure to keep integral elements within that area.
    Special Instructions: Edit and crop photos to the specified ratio before submitting them. No watermarks. Multiple submissions accepted. If your photo is chosen, you will be asked to provide a model release (like this one) for all subjects in the photos.
    How to Submit:
    1) Attach small JPGs (1200px longest edge or smaller) in reply to this topic
    2) Upload counterpart DNGs or full-size JPGs (2000px longest edge or larger) to this link.
    Remuneration: $50 per chosen photo will be awarded to Lenspiration members, up to $100 total.
    Terms: By submitting your photo(s) to Lenspiration, you agree to the terms outlined in the STS Photo Assignment Agreement. There may or may not be a winner for this assignment.
    Deadline: Midnight Saturday, October 5, 2019 (or until this topic is no longer highlighted yellow).

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    #44070

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Attached are the two pictures (in context of the 3-banner display that Heritage Defense will be using) from my first attempt at shooting this assignment, as well as a quick diagram that I hope will help make it easier to position your camera so all the angles in both photos will align up properly. 🙂

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    #44121

    Eliana Franzenburg
    Participant

    Would we need a model consent form? Is there a preferred number and age of the kids?

    #44137

    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    Do the mother/children need to be on the left and social worker on the right, or could they be facing the other way and be on the opposite sides?

    #44152

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Great questions!

    @elianafranzenburg, yes, it would be best to use a model release for the subjects you photograph. I’ve attached a generic one you can use if you’d like. As for ages of the kids, I do think it best if the mother is holding one (thus a child young enough to be held) and if there is a toddler or two at her side (thus a child young enough to be insecure if away from their mother in a frightful situation).

    @bennett-family, Heritage Defense indicated the mother does need to be on the left and the social worker on the right.

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    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    And here’s a special note from Bradley, my contact at Heritage Defense!

    “[Referring to James’ photos,] I would suggest the photographer get closer to the wall that the door is on so there is less of an angle on the door. Does that make sense?”

    Yup, that makes sense, Bradley! Thanks for the heads up! I’ve updated the details section to include this caveat.

    #44362

    Esther M.
    Participant

    Here is the product of my first commercial photoshoot! It was the most challenging photoshoot I’ve done (although it went very smoothly, praise the Lord!), and I learned a lot from it.

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    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Whoho, this is great, @esther! Sorry I didn’t see and respond to this ealier….computer crashed last week and I’m just now getting back into the swing of things. 🙂 I’m really looking forward to hearing what Bradley thinks about them!

    #44872

    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    Well here come my submissions! For me, this assignment went from “whew! this is gonna be hard!” to “ehh – this isn’t all that bad” to “Um yes, this IS hard after all!” 🙂

    Challenges came with coordinating schedules, finding outfits and props, finding a place to shoot the photo, working an indoor scene with not-optimal lighting, trying to communicate to my models while a million and a half thoughts were racing through my head, and editing the final products.

    But with challenges come learning opportunities, so hopefully I’ll learn from mistakes I made, and remember the things I did right and do those again in the future! 🙂

    Here’s one shoot that I did…

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    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    And it looks like my photos didn’t submit correctly so I’ll try again here…

    Here’s the mom/kids

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    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    And the social worker to accompany mom/kids #1

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    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    And here’s the second shoot I did! I’m so grateful to these two moms for taking time out of their busy schedules to accomodate me!

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    #44885

    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    Here’s the social worker that was knocking at that door! 🙂

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    #44995

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Wow, that’s amazing that you were able to run two different photo shoots, @bennett-family! It’s fun to hear some of the tidbits behind the scenes. I’m sure you could write a whole story about it. 🙂

    Looking forward to critiquing through everyone’s submissions tonight on the webinar! https://www.lenspiration.com/webinar/photo-critique-45/

    #45465

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Here’s a link to the webinar where all the photos for this assignment were critiqued! https://www.lenspiration.com/video/webinar45/

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