Ep 367: Beyond the cliche: How to shoot family portraits that stand out from the pack!

Family portraits are often in danger of looking cliched. But you can create, compose and style stunning family group shots that look more like professional lifestyle shots instead of awkward or uncomfortable photos. This week we discuss the steps you need to take to ensure you’re taking family photos that stand out – and that your clients will love!

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The brief from the client

A magazine wants a 10-page story plus cover and website content.

The Gorgeous Family

  • Mr and Mrs Gorgeous
  • Newborn baby Gorgeous
  • 4yr old Freddie Gorgeous
  • 16yr old Sally Gorgeous
  • 14yr old Dave Gorgeous
  • The grandparents Mama and Papa Gorgeous
  •  ( in their late 70s)
  • 2 dogs
  • 2 cats
  • Goats 

The fabulous family live on a beachfront property that backs onto a pine forest. 

House has light bright large kitchen/dining area, but rest or the house is dimly lit because it’s pre fabulous renovation. They have a large country property and a large garage.

  • We need individual shots of everyone for interview pages and social media
  • Couple shots of Mr and Mrs Gorgeous
  • Group shot of the kids
  • Family shots with and without grandparents 
  • Posed and lifestyle looking shots
  • Details of the home 

Types of photos to avoid

http://blazepress.com/2014/02/29-awkward-family-photos-ever/

The Gear

Fixed focal fast lens 50mm is perfect wide open to disguise cluttered unphotogenic backgrounds

24-70mm

Or 

24-105mm or similar as interiors can get very tight

Tripod is a must

Crank up the ISO 800. It’s better to have a slightly noisier shot than a soft one

The lighting

  • One light large modifier for soft daylight like fill
  • Umbrella or umbrella box or any softbox is ideal
  • Take a reading as if you were shooting for daylight and just add tiny amounts of fill
  • Try and use as much daylight as possible
  • Look for large windows.
  • Use reflectors for extra fill
  • Look for “clean” open shade outdoors
  • Backlit for great mood 

The set ups

Backgrounds

  • Look for clean uncluttered backgrounds
  • Look for doors to frame your shot
  • Table settings
  • Kitchens
  • Cars
  • Walls
  • Garden paths
  • Driveways
  • Leading lines
  • Laneways
  • Shot list
    kitchen
  • Bedroom with baby
  • Bathroom son (4) watches dad shaving
  • Mum and kids bake together
  • Gardening
  • Walking along the beach
  • In the woods

Set up shots

Give everyone something to do

Lifestyle shots

Set up natural interactions

Pick up or inset shots

  • Little details
  • Boots in a line at the door
  • Books on sidetable
  • Flowers
  • Food
  • Hands
  • Pets

Some ideas from Gina

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