It’s a blessing to have a photographer in the family. Most people are happy to have a doctor and a lawyer in the family. Well, our family has me, the photographer. And it’s awesome to photograph the family when they visit from Arizona, North Carolina, or even New Jersey. I get to photograph some family photographs and I count it as a practice session.
For family photographs, you take a ton of photographs and hope to cut and paste a few eyes, faces, or bodies from photograph to photograph. It can be challenging. I won’t mention Luke’s name, but we had to bribe him with Pokemon cards to smile. He was forcing a smile and it looked like he was being tortured. I make funny noises and faces to get the kids’ attention, but sometimes bribery or a few minutes of rest are required.
The family has posed with kids hanging upside down for years. Just wait till the kids are teenagers. They might need to practice handstands.
We then photographed everyone individually. We do this if time permits. We were going for a quick mini-session and were able to photograph the kids in 2 different spots for 2 different looks.
We also turned Ben’s shirt inside out. If you don’t have a clean shirt for portraits, often reversing a t-shirt can work. It is a lot more classic when there is no logo.
Nora was still learning to sit and not fall over. Dad was just off the camera to catch the little girl if she did fall over. Totes adorbs.
This summer I’ve been upgrading and replacing camera gear. You may not notice a difference, but I do! And as long as I’m happy, you folks will be happy with the result. So these photographs are sharper on the eye and it also creates that blurry background. I could photograph these kind of photos all day, but early mornings or late afternoons work best.
There is a goat in the background.
Little kids have a lot of energy, which is great, but want to contain that energy in a photograph. And sometimes we strike gold with the results.
I love photographing horizontal photographs, but it’s important to have vertical photographs as well. I don’t know what the wall in your living room looks like. Most importantly, print large photographs!