Doing family photography (and people photography in general) is a blend of artistic training, mastering the tools, balancing the variables and a healthy dose of patience.
Many adults simply do not like having their picture taken (I know this because they tell me all the time) and kids… well kids are kids, living in kid world.
But not to worry. I know that everyone likes pictures (after they’ve been taken) and special photos last a lifetime and get passed down to future generations. With perseverance you can get the shot if you try (and try, and try). Click the link below to see a bit of the process.
There is never a bad time to take family photos but some days are almost “too” perfect for a photo session. Like this past Saturday morning.
Mornings in Frenchtown are relaxed and mellow and the light is beautiful, both in the studio and along the river. My family of three and a half, Trisha, Richard, Amelia and Amelia were right on time and dressed perfectly for their session. My philosophy is to let people be themselves.
Trisha and RIchard were dressed nice and comfortably and Amelia and Amelia wore their matching dresses. We started in the studio and then made our way to the river just letting the photos unfold making it up as we went along.
Getting good families photos is really all about posing, or as I like to say “arranging.” Nobody likes to pose for pictures but nobody minds letting me arrange a photo. When you are facing the camera you really have no idea how your group looks. It is all up to the photographer.
The goal is to create a well balanced, comfortable image where everyone looks right. For special events like weddings, first communions or Mitzvas the photo can also tell a story. And in some cases, its great to have a little fun and create something different after getting the traditional shots.
Agelina and her Entourage
The DelPlatos-A traditional photo in a non-traditional location
The Testas -(Not taking any guff from the photographer) A fun photo taken after the traditional photos are done.
A few years ago I shot Mike and Carolyn’s wedding up in NY State. It was a such a great day. Well, those smiles are still there and brighter than ever now that Cole has joined the family.
This little guy makes you smile just by looking at him. I asked if I could keep him. They said no. But at least they let me take more photos. One of the best things about being a photographer is staying in touch with my couples and photographing them as they grow a family. (I think Cole likes hats, too, just like his dad).