Last weekend I invited a group of extended family to a casual, somewhat experimental photo shoot. This was my first attempt at shooting a large group with an informal approach in a studio set up. Thank goodness my family is so mellow and funny; they’re good sports about letting my try my photo ideas on them. It’s a free photo session, so I guess there’s nothing to lose. And any time family can make a few hours to get together over food, that’s a wonderful thing.
I definitely learned a few things as a result of this shoot. I have a few notes for future shoots about better organizing and directing people during the shoots and some adjustments I need to make to using studio lights. And one of these days I will remember to repeatedly clean the dust off my lens to avoid hours of touch-ups later. (This is true for all my photo shoots.)
This may not work for all families, but since mine is such a bunch of laid back jokesters, I think some of the outtakes and unexpected photos are some of the best ones. I look forward to future shoots with my family to document our growing and ever-changing relationships. It’s also a photo service I’d like to offer to other families as a unique portraits experience.