For twenty-somethings like me who's grandparents aren't always going to be around, getting to spend time with them means a lot. I've been fortunate to get to spend time and develop relationship with my grandparents recently, for which I'm really appreciative. But as awesome as getting to spend time with your grandparents is, another perk about being around old people is that they're amazing to photograph. While mine in particular can't seem to understand why I always am pointing my camera at them, a worn and weathered face makes a far more interesting portrait subject than your every-day photo subject.
I recently painted a new canvas backdrop. Ok, well it's not really new — I actually painted the back side of one of my existing canvases, which you can see how I painted here. The process was as fun as always, and I think I got some really cool results out of this one. Every new one I paint I get to experiment and learn new ways to achieve the textures I want. Plus, I ended up with some pretty cool looking hands from the paint.
With my new backdrop completed I figured I should give it a test to see how it photographs. And who better than my grandma? I talked her into standing long enough for a quick (and by quick I mean 2 minutes tops) photoshoot while I snapped a few frames with the camera in one hand, holding a white bounce card in my spare hand. This was mainly achievable because I shot on my little Fujifilm X100T, which practically fits in the palm of my hand. I did get a few frames out on my black and white film camera too, but I'll have to wait a few weeks to see how those turned out.
Although it was a brief shoot, I've got to say, I like how the photos turned out. Both my new canvas and my old grandma photographed beautifully.