Following on from a portrait session and celebration lunch shoot I recently ran for Tesco (see those photographs here Tesco Portrait shoot, Tesco Celebration Lunch), one of my subjects asked me to do a family shoot for herself and 10 family members, including her Brother who was visiting from Singapore. The challenge with this shoot was much more about choosing a date when everyone was available, rather that the practicalities of the shoot itself. A Tuesday evening in July was the only suitable day so plans were made based on that.
With another large family group it was necessary to hire a hall, however my friends at Christchurch, Hitchin were able to provide same very suitable venue as I used for Paul’s 70th Birthday Family shoot, the Silverbirch room (See Paul’s 70 Birthday family shoot, and 70th Birthday Party).
For this shoot I decided to take a slightly different approach to my previous family portrait sessions and set up a modern High-key set using a white background and 4 studio flashes. The equipment I use travels easily and is quick to set-up so within 30 minutes of arriving everything was ready to go.
To help get everything moving I started off with a few individual portraits, and then gradually built the groups up from there (in much the same way as I might for a wedding), swapping different groups in and out to cover all the individual branches of the family. This way I can make sure that everyone gets photos with granny and granddad, but that there’s also time for mum and dad to get a shot of themselves together too. With a group of 4 young girls there are always going to be some great moments to capture, so I needed to be on-the-ball and keeping my eye’s open for what was going on, as well as creating some informal posed shots, like this one.
One of my favourite shots to do, especially when the little ones are getting a bit tired and need re-energising is to the funny face shot. Sometimes it takes some effort to coax everyone in to joining in, but Helen’s family were quite happy to play the game, although this shot might not take pride of place on the mantle piece, they’ll certainly laugh and smile whenever they look at it.
Of course the inflatable instruments came into play (if you’ll excuse the pun) towards the end of the shoot and I was able to get a few more fun shots with those.
Finally I offered everyone the opportunity to have a head and shoulders profile shot done which they could use for Face-book or other social media, or of course as their profile shot for the company structure chart or web site.
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