A collection of images from a holiday family photography session. This is a case where the family asked me to come to them. The other option being the family come to me in the studio or we go to a location not the house. It was right near the holidays and the entire family was home for a week or so. I had photographed the youngest daughter a few years ago and the Mom asked me to come to the home. I had a lot of fun with this session. They are a really nice family and a joy to work with.
We started indoors and carved out a corner of the living room and removed any holiday decorations, making a simple background and setting. After that we went to the backyard where we got a bit lucky with the lighting. The day had been fairly overcast and as we started shooting the clouds thinned giving us a slightly contrasty backlit scene. The temperature was right about freezing, so not so comfortable. The family were troopers and did not let the chill show for the photographs.
We then went to the front porch, de-holidayed the setting and photographed a bunch of different family groups. The family loosened up a bit and we had a bit of fun.
Mom recently got back to me with the print order. We had a conversation about images and sizes. I went back to the original file and reprocessed the images with more care. For holiday family photography I don’t alway need to retouch individual faces and did not need to do so for this set. I did have to remove a few unwanted indoor items. The print order came back to me in about a week and I delivered the images. Happy family.
This is a recent session of 3 siblings as a surprise for Mom for Christmas. Dad called and arranges a time for the kids to come to my studio in Clarkston. As a family portrait photographer I like to, need to get the best, most natural poses and expressions for the subjects. Sister and two brothers were very easy to work with and are naturals in front of the camera. Mom has seen the proofs and is already planning for an order for grandparents, aunt and uncles.
Another family portrait of really good friends. Last time we photographed in their Clarkston home is a snowstorm. This year we are in their Waterford MI home on the lake. I really liked the stone steps they put in and used the steps for the location. We had a bit of a grey day, so I brought in some subtle additional off camera lighting. I’m hoping they will love them so much they will get a large canvas print of the wall.
I had the opportunity to photograph a wonderful family this fall. We chose to shoot at Depot Park in Clarkston and had wonderful overcast light with the sun peeking through from time to time. Depot Park is a wonderful location for family pictures. We started the portrait session with the whole family group and then did just the boys, Mom and Dad, the whole group again and then the boys having fun.