Photographing Families

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Families are amazing things! They come in all shapes and sizes, and each has their very own set of dynamics which is totally unlike any other.

One of the biggest challenges when trying to get a family portrait made with adult children is the sheer logistics of getting everyone in the same place at the same time.  Add to that, trying to coordinate what everyone is going to wear, and getting everyone to forget about the trials and tribulations of the day leading up to the shoot and an excitable staffy and your photographer needs to be on top of his game!

For me that is the easy bit! It is so nice to see people who are still wound up from the stresses of work, and getting to the shoot on time start to relax as we chat about random stuff, and they realise that they are out in a beautiful park with nothing to do other than smile and be relaxed. My process is to photograph each person individually first so that we have a bit of one on one time. It lets me gauge how each person is going so that when we come to the group shot, I have a few “strings" that I can pull to get everyone relaxed and into the moment.

Once I have a nice picture of the humans, I ask them to keep going with their great expressions, and spend a couple of moments just working with the dog. a short shape whistle or a low growl is usually enough to get them looking interested and alert, and on the rare occasions when it doesn’t all happen in the same frame,  we always have the option of using photoshop to merge a picture of the dog with the best one of the humans.

Black and white Photography
Then & Now Family Portraits