I have captured this family for 6 years now. The first time I photographed them I was brand new to photography. I knew nothing about grain in a photo. I though if you shoot in Raw (not jpeg) then it doesn’t matter if you underexpose you can just fix it in Photoshop. Well, that’s not exactly true. I printed their photos and saw a grainy mess!
Take note if you are a new photographer:
Noise lurks in shadows and the best cure for minimal noise is to properly light and expose your photos in camera.
Photoshop is like make-up, it’s meant to enhance not salvage.
I photographed this families portraits at our family reunion at Bear Lake. I love giving the gift of a free photo shoot to my siblings, it’s the best perk of the job! Christmas and birthday gifts are covered for the year! This incredible family lives in Texas.
They had to fly in for the reunion. Luggage space was limited. Mom just started a new career. The kids packed themselves. To top it off they were in charge of the reunion. The last thing on their mind was what to wear for family pictures.
The biggest challenge this family faced was what to wear for pictures!
On picture day, Mom and I had to scramble to create a cohesive look. Shopping for matching clothes was not an option. As a photographer I have to know what clothes look good together. Luckily my sister in law has excellent taste in clothes so the job wasn’t too difficult.
Together we pulled out all of the clothes her family packed. We quickly decided on a statement piece, which was a dress for her youngest. Dad’s outfit came next. Dad packed two nice button up shirts and jeans. His outfit was a matter of which shirt and which pair of jeans. Easy peasy.
Next came mom and her two older girls. Both girls packed black pants so that resolved that dilemma. We chose a navy blue floral top to tie in with the navy and white striped dress. My sister in law knows how much I love layers in photos and she was prepared with a few options of cover ups. We chose a light blue button up to go over the floral top which matched the look of the dad’s shirt. The middle girl had also packed a beautiful denim blue button up, tying in nicely with her sister and dad. We paired that with a light pink camisole and she was all set.
Mom was the final piece of the what to wear puzzle. She had packed lots of floral tops so we tied in the floral pattern of the oldest by choosing a floral cover up. We chose a pink undershirt for mom as well, creating a beautiful cohesive look. The best part of taking portraits on the beach is that everyone can go barefoot! I helped mom lay out what jewelry pieces each girl was to wear and we were done!
My second biggest challenge with this session was the lighting!
Vegas’ sunsets are looong and slow. I can easily shoot a full two hours with beautiful light. Sunsets in Bear Lake come quickly and go quickly. I arrived at the beach 2 hours before sunset and had at best 30 minutes of beautiful light. 5 sessions two hours before sunset without clouds or shade creates a challenge. To give you an idea of what I mean, this session was captured in 30 minutes and you can easily see how quickly the light changed.
I got creative.
I noticed that my husbands shadow was very long and between two tall men, with nice long shadows I could easily create that nice even lighting without having harsh blown out skin. As you can see in the outtake there is a very bright spot on dad’s face. that bright spot is no where to be found on the final product. All thanks to some tall men!
I hope you enjoy these pictures I captured of them and that you learned a thing or two about photography as well!
Isn’t this family gorgeous? They all could be models! I’d love if you left me a comment letting me know something you learned or your favorite image!
When is the last time you had your family portraits updated? I’d love to capture them for you!
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