World Record Family Portrait
Know thy client.
I was capturing a recurring family portrait of a family that is still growing. Having photographed Josh and his family previously on several occasions I knew that attention spans, especially with the younger children (as almost always with those two and under) would be short. This knowledge led to the decision to do a studio shoot vs. going on location.
Basically when photographing families the time you have with them is dependent upon the shortest attention span of a single person. Knowing I’d be working with a ten-month-old and a two-year-old I felt the chances for a long session had short odds. I planned accordingly.
I was correct.
The secret is getting the final image as quickly as possible. One of the advantages of working in our digital world is if you are working on a set with consistent lighting, camera on a tripod and a good memory of who has already given you a good solid expression and body posture you can composite a final image with good emotions and body posture by all.
Josh, his wife and five children had an appointment for ten o’clock on a Saturday morning. The clock struck ten and they are working thier way into the studio, changing a few clothing choices and brushig hair. The usual final prep before the camera work begins.10:08 AM everyone is preened and ready. First exposure made. Family roughed into position.
Is this an award-winning family portrait. Probably not in a competition setting, but it is a winner in the family memory and documentation.
Yours in Creative Photography, Bob