Family and kid photos

May 16, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Last month I had the opportunity to photograph my niece and nephew's family. We went to a place not too far from their home, a fairgrounds with a western theme village. Some neat old buildings to take photos at, and the weather was overcast but ok. When I'm taking photos, one of the things I try to be thinking about is the background. I know, lighting and posing are probably the ones that come to mind first, but the background is just as important. Busy backgrounds can easily ruin an otherwise good photo, things like light poles, traffic, people or whatever. But there are 2 sides to this. Because I like trains (and so do most kids), I spotted this car and thought, now that might work. So I placed brother and sister together in front of this car, and used an aperture that would keep it all in focus. I think it adds an eye catching background that gives the viewer more to look at without taking anything away from their portrait.

Although this post is directed at backgrounds, look for the light first. Use light natural light to your advantage. On this particular day, the sky was very gray and overcast, so light was not a concern.

Moving either yourself or your subjects to keep your background clean looking is one element that is often overlooked. 

Suitable backgrounds will help with your portraiture.


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