Bohemian Rhapsody cover: a photo idea

So it’s nearly Christmas and like every year I struggle with presents’ ideas for my family! In this post, I’m going to talk about a special one for my mum.

The idea

Mum has always been a huge fan of Queen so I started thinking about something related to that.

Originally I thought about buying her a cinema ticket for the Bohemian Rhapsody film which has been released recently but she’d already seen it so I had this idea of making a bespoke photo for her.

I was inspired by the Bohemian Rhapsody cover and I tried to replace Queen with me, my husband and my 2 boys. I thought it would be cute!  So I set up the camera on a tripod, a black background, I held a continuous light coming from the top and I took the shots of the 4 of us.

I didn’t like it. It was just too serious and boring. I took some more attempts but then the kids started complaining and I left it there.

The next day I tried again, but I’ve decided that I only wanted my kids in the frame and then I would merge the individual shots in Photoshop. I was unsuccessful.  AGAIN! The camera was on the tripod and I was holding the light but the focus was slightly off the subjects and I wasn’t happy. I tried again promising the boys pocket money and sweets but it did not work. Disappointed I left it again.

The shot

In the evening I gave it another go, making sure the setting was spot on, same distance, and I preset the focus making sure my boys didn’t move from where they posed. I used a Halloween wig to make it fun and super quickly I took the shots, 2 per child with a little effort and I made it.  I’ve then layered the 4 shots in Photoshop and this is the outcome. My mum hasn’t seen it yet, I hope she likes it!

One thing that I’ve learned in my job is that persistence wins! Try not to give up.  Take your breaks but try, try and try again. Eventually, you’ll get something.

I’m not generally a studio photographer but I do like playing with studio lights now and then.

This is my website where you can see work in line with my style, natural, real and funny J

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