Today’s image is a sample from yesterday’s stock photo shoot with Bethany and Michelle portraying a mother and daughter carving jack-o’-lanterns. I’m probably a little bit behind, but I figured it’s time to get some fresh Halloween images added to my portfolio.

One of the challenges for this session was locating pumpkins in early September. Thankfully, a friend’s parents own a nearby farm they allowed me to pick a few of their nearly-ripe pumpkins to use for the shoot. The pumpkins were still a bit green so I let them sit in the sun for a week to fully develop into a nice orange.

Instead of photographing this scene in the studio, I brought some lights home and we shot in our kitchen. Two large softboxes were all I needed to create the natural looking light for the scene. The 600 watt-second monolights were used at their absolute minimum power setting to permit a wide aperture (f/4) for a narrow depth-of-field.

Now, it’s time to start thinking about some new Christmas images.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-105 f/4L lens – 1/100 second, f/4, ISO 100