Family portraits should be affordable, and affordable doesn’t have to mean boring or low quality. I had a great time photographing the Wilsons this past week in their home. I love how my clients are so surprised how easy it is to get great family pictures without having to pack everyone into the van and drive to a studio. Here’s how it went down.
The Wilsons wanted a more traditional family photo to enlarge and hang in their home. With some of the kids only home for a short time over the Christmas holiday, we had a small window of time to work in. The only time everyone was available was in the evening, and because of winter’s shorter days, the photo shoot had to happen indoors.
It had been a while since the Wilson’s last family photography adventure, so I wanted to make the process as simple and painless as possible. I spoke with Mrs. Wilson on the phone a few days before the photo shoot to talk about ideas, what to wear and what the family was looking for. I offered some tips, and I was happy to see the family dressed in black when I arrived. Wearing black for family photos is classic and timeless. Plus, who doesn’t look good in black?
After a brief lighting setup, we starting creating some images. We played around with some family members sitting and others standing, and then changed it up some more. With family portraits, the name of the game is to try a bunch of different poses and family member positions, and then try some more. Overall, I think we got a number of great shots that the Wilsons can enlarge and hang on their wall to remember this moment in their family’s life.