Family Photos at the Texas State Capitol.
A few months ago I was commissioned to take photos of a family at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. The Texas Capitol is always a great place to photograph because for starters the place is free to photograph. Second, the Texas State Capitol is always well air conditioned, a factor often overlooked when photographing. Finally, there are little gems of really good lighting. A person just has to look for those gems of light in the Texas Capitol. Some of the places we photographed at were the lower level skylights, the Capitol’s dome interior, and the Texas Capitol Grand Staircase. We also photographed outdoors on the south end of the Capitol. There are some great shade trees and water fountains to work with.
I often asked what I am working towards when I am photographing people. The answer is evocative lighting, and expression that is effortless. That expression can come in the form of body posing and facial expression and gestures. With this family, it was a complete joy to work with because they understood the concept of effortless expression on their part.