With summer time upon us, for most photographers this is our busy season; especially when it comes to weddings, events, and outdoor portraits. As a photographer who specializes in San Diego family portraits many times this can be a daunting task. Not only do you have to work with more than one person, but you also have to contend with other variables such as the environment, location, time of day, and other people. One of the hard part is shooting groups and the larger the group the more difficult to get everyone to focus. Like I always say models are easy, just like the Ronco Rotisserie set it and forget it.
If possible, I always recommend bringing an assistant. Not that you cannot handle directing more than one person. But with more than one person, you have to aware of everything and having an extra set of eyes does not hurt; especially when it comes to making everyone look great, which is the main focus. Photoshop works wonders, but let’s face it you would rather be spending your time other places than in front of a computer fixing hair or clothing. Here are some additional tips that may help:
Location, location, location. Is very important like in real-estate. Since this picture will shared on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. I recommend shooting outside and with a couple of outfits, if possible. I always recommend somewhere fun like: the beach, a park, or tourist area and don’t forget the trees. Trees also provide shade if you are shooting in the middle of the day.
Since more than likely children will be involved make sure to photography him or her early, so they are fresh and stay clean, because you know that won’t last very long. Also hair will be going astray and all that time spent styling will be out the door. Another reason for shooting
Kids are going to want to play, so why not bring some toys along? Before the shoot, make sure mom or dad has put together a care package, to include: drinks, snacks, and toys. This will keep the kids busy and you may get some good natural shots in as well. You don’t always have to make them formal shots.
If your shooting location is the beach or somewhere, where there will be water make sure the parents bring a change of clothes and plenty of towels. I don’t care who your kids are, the water is a magnet and they will be drawn in, even if they don’t like water. You will thank me later on and so will your car. Trust me.
Before you press the shutter release button, take a quick scan to make sure that everyone is ready, as well as only your subjects are in the shots. Many times, while photographing in public people will be drawn to you like a moth to the flame; particularly if it is a desirable spot.
I hope I have not bored you too much. I had fun writing this one. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.