Studio photo shoot: Uma and Maslin

My favorite little buddies Uma and her little brother Maslin visited us today for a short photo shoot. We initially planned to have it outside but the cold and shortage of time didn’t make it a flexible choice for us. So, Laura and I decided to have a photo shoot indoors.

Before I go on to write about the photo shoot I just want to tell all of you how delighted I am to know Laura, mommy of Uma and Maslin. She is so sincere and absolutely lovely! Laura, if you are reading this, I want you to know that I am glad that I met you and I am looking forward to many, many photo shoots and play dates with you and your adorable children.

Uma and Maz Studio #1

NIKON D700 @ 34mm, ISO 400, 1/200, f/7.1

Knowing how much I love to cook and take pictures of my dishes Laura bought me an amazing book with a lot of citrusy recipes! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book and do my own wonders in the kitchen. Thank you for being such a wonderful person!

Here are a few adorable shots from today. I love these kids! Their expressions are just priceless, for everything else, there is MasterCard :)

Uma and Maz Studio #2

NIKON D700 @ 38mm, ISO 400, 1/200, f/7.1

I thought it would be fun if we pulled away from the white background with the splash of color. Fruits and baskets came in handy. I am sure Uma and Mas enjoyed bouncing and biting the fruits :) They are such cooperative precious individuals. I just want to kiss those cheeks up.  Aunty Lola loves you!

Uma and Maz Studio #3

NIKON D700 @ 36mm, ISO 500, 1/200, f/7.1

Hey there handsome boy :)

Uma and Maz Studio #4

NIKON D700 @ 52mm, ISO 500, 1/200, f/8.0

Sister and brother hug!

Uma and Maz Studio #5

NIKON D700 @ 40mm, ISO 400, 1/200, f/7.1

Seeing happy kids makes we want to have a third one. Kids are life!


  1. 1) Jayron
    November 20, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    bulani oldinam oluvdinmi? shunisi yaxshiro chiqibdi. faqat uchinchi rasmda qizchani oyogida oq bo’gani uchun background bilan qushilib ketvotti. birinchi rasmni anu detskiy jurnallaga bersa boladigan chiqibti. qizchani yuzida blush bormi yo uzi qizarib qoldimi?

    • 1.1) Lola
      November 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm

      Aha, bundan oldin ham ogandim. Lekin ko’chada. O’zi bu gal ham ko’chada olishimiz kerak edi. 20 minut vaqtim bor deganga uyda studio’da ob qo’yaqoldik. Qizini yuzi o’zi shunaqa qizil :D

  2. 2) zlata
    June 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Your pictures are amazing!
    Would you be able to share what would be the minimum equipment that is needed and how to set up an indoor studio to photograph children. Thanks so much.

    • June 29, 2010 at 9:59 pm

      Zlata, sorry for a late response!

      If you want to photograph kids with flash, then you would need at least the following:
      1) A background (you can use plain white paper or sheets on the wall)
      2) Two external flashes (one to use as a “master” and one as a “slave”).
      3) An umbrella on a light stand for softer light.

      I use very similar equipment for corporate portraits and I highly recommend checking out my “how to photograph corporate portraits” article to see the full list of equipment we use.

      Please let me know if you have any questions.

  3. 3) zlata
    July 7, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I was wondering how you got the floor and backround to blend into each other. Somehow when I take a picture there is a noticeable difference.

    • July 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm

      Zlata, the background is one long paper that is rolled and extended from the stand to the floor – that is why you cannot see the divider between the wall and the floor :) Let me know if you need more info about our studio setup, it is very inexpensive!

  4. 4) Scott
    September 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Lola,
    I am torn between the Nikon 50mm 1.8G and 1.4G. I have a D700 and will be using the lens primarily as a portrait lens to supplement my 70-200 2.8 VRII. The 50mm 1.8G lens received a rave review by Nasim. It is sharper and has only slightly less desirable bokeh than your favorite 50mm 1.4G. Do you see yourself replacing your 1.4G with the 1.8G? If no, why not? Help!

    • September 28, 2011 at 7:15 am

      Scott, I would get the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G if I did not already have the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G. I see no reason to replace mine though, because I am quite happy with how it performs for me, plus, I won’t get much money for the 50mm f/1.4G if I were to sell it.


      • 4.1.1) Scott
        September 28, 2011 at 8:12 am

        Hi Lola,
        If you did not have the your 50mm 1.4G, was starting from scratch, wanted the “best” lens for primarily portraits and money was relatively speaking no object, and has to choose between the 1.4 and 1.8, would you purchase a 50mm 1.4G or 1.8G today? Thank you for your and Nasim’s wonderful website. It is truly a treasure trove of unbiased advise.

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