Earlier this year a lovely lady won a family photography session in my “Great Bug Hunt Competition”. We then set a date for a shoot but unfortunately having planned a shoot at the beach the weather had other ideas and sent a day full of torrential rain our way. Luckily, although we couldn’t move the day of the session due to family members being only available on the one date, we did have recourse to the use of a community centre local to the lady’s home which could act as a portable studio base for a fun family photography session.
I’m quite lucky in that I have a wide gamut of photography gear to call upon should I need it, and on this occasion I needed my studio photography gear usually used for photographing local nursery/playgroups and such like. Out came a big white backdrop, four studio heads as we call our studio lights and other miscellaneous gear and up went an impromptu studio so that we could get some photographs of a lovely extended family together in spite of the heavy rain.
We had great fun with two very active children, and six adults, including mum, dad, grandad, grannie, and the kid’s uncle and his partner. We exhausted as many photographic possibilities as we could using a high key lighting set up to capture children and adults alike behaving as only you can on a white background with lots of light. We even revisited a favourite composite photograph of mine which involves photographing a whole family without the necessary bunching and scrummage that is normally required on even a large backdrop such as that one used. The photograph produced hopefully shows a relaxed family group and more than imitates the type of photograph that requires a large space such as a beach to achieve.
I hope you like some of the photographs from a fun family photography session, and hope to post more images of outdoor sessions soon.