I recently did a bulletin board at my other job that I just had to share with everyone here. It is photo related and simply fantastic (at least I think so)!
In March, I usually do a rainbow bulletin board. I use fun carpe paper and the kids make leprechauns. Well, this year I thought of something a bit different. I knew I wanted to have pictures of the kids, but wasn’t sure how I was going to work it in. Would they be leprechauns? Rainbows? Piece of gold? Then I got to thinking how about making each kid a different color and form a rainbow out of their pictures? Fabulous.. I know!
So, I got all the color paper I wanted. Taped it to the back of one of the shelves at work and BAM! I had a homemade studio. I then took a small piece of each color (times 6) and put them in a hat. Each child drew their color from the hat. I didn’t want to have to pick for them and I wanted them to know that it was a fair event. No one was going to get their favorite color just because. If they drew their favorite color then score! If they didn’t, oh well. Life is still okay. I didn’t have a single whine or complain from any of them. They like making their own decisions and choices. And I love it when they don’t whine and have fun!
For the paper I used red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white (for clouds), and black (for the pot). I had about 5 to 6 kids for each color. Then with the help of my co-teacher, we pulled together a piece of clothing from our closet that would match the paper that I had gotten. I wanted each group of children to have the same clothing item on because I thought it would be more aesthetic to the eye.
We had a red vest, red long sleeve, red hat, orange running shirt, a yellow jacket (inside out to avoid the writing), green long sleeve, blue long sleeve, blue hat, a purple wrap (robe), white long sleeve, white hat and a black long sleeve. After taking a nice smiley shot and one silly shot with each child, I then used that same paper to create the rainbow, cloud, and pot of gold. The children helped stuff the cloud and the pot. They also cut out circles and painted them yellow for the gold a few days prior.
Here is the board before I put an pictures up. I have to say it is still pretty cute even without the pictures, but then I am bias when it comes to my work.
Please note: That because I know how many people do not wish to have photos up on the internet, I have basically sprayed over each child’s face. If you wish to have your child’s face showing on the photo please let me know and I will change it. I know that by covering their faces ruins the whole feeling of the board, but I am just trying to show you the over all picture. Not the individual child. Therefore, just step back from your screen and see it from a distance.
Each child’s portrait was taken with my 50mm lens with a sb600 on camera (almost all were shot at 1/250s at f/2.8 or f/3.5 at 200iso). I would fire my strobe to bounce off the ceiling to give me some front fill. I should have brought my scrim to even more fill in the front, but I didn’t want this to be a huge production.
The best thing that came out of this shoot was I used everyone’s silly photo and made a class photo. It just makes me smile. I can’t wait to share it with everyone at work.