On Location Family Portraits

On site family portraits are a fun challenge.  Sometimes I scout a location out prior to the session (recommended), but many times that is not possible.  To help you plan better for a location portrait, there are three general areas I start examining as soon as I arrive: light, backgrounds, and posing areas.  Backgrounds and posing areas are perhaps the most critical.  I want the backgrounds to tell something about who I am photographing and be structured in such a way as to not have distracting elements.  I want the posing area to allow me to create an interesting flow in the picture so as to avoid the 'soldiers lined up in a straight line look'.  In someways lighting is the least important, because with good strobes, I can modify the existing light fairly easily. 

Here are a couple of pictures from a recent session on location.  During the session, I am always looking for a few spontaneous shots as well to enrich the collection of pictures the client receives, such as the last picture in this series.

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