This is just a handful images from a really fun shoot we did the other day. Hard work though as we had 12 familes to work through in 3 hours and each family had only been allocated a 15 minute slot while they were attending a school event. It was also a photoshoot where I had my partner and own young family with me. The ‘intention’ was they would go and join in with the school event while I did the photography. Of course it didn’t work out like that. The oldest at the grand old age of 5 years decided he didn’t want to do the event and opted to help me. So some shots ended up being photobombed by a wandering child (my youngest at 17 months). Usually when my partner was distracted either by my oldest, or was talking to a family in advance to gain written permission for the images to be used publically (like here or facebook).
If you have experience of photographing young children you already appreciate the problems that you can face doing so. Photographing groups of young children or young families is a totally different ‘kettle of fish’. You have all the issues of photographing young children compounded by trying to pose multiple children and their parents where they wanted to be included in the photo. Young children are apt to get distracted, hence one of the reasons I like to use props as it keeps their attention where I want it. There is also the fun of finding lots of creative ways to pose.
I love the images and took advantage of a reliable fallback of my pop-up Lastolite HiLite background and white acrylic floor sheet in combination with four studio strobes. It is a very useful set up for event photography as it provides a clean white background which makes it easy to rapidly edit. When you are in a studio you usually have a lot more space to play around with. My Lastolite is 7′ x 6′, which would on the face of it seem okay, but needs subjects to be still and almost deadcentre of the background to avoid the edges of the background coming into the image, particularly when doing full body.
Like I said I love the images, considering the challenges of the day, but if I get a chance I want to explore and experiment to change the arrangement around a bit in search of that elusive ‘outstanding’, probably no mean feat when you only have 15 minutes to play with. There’s a few ideas I’m already playing around with though :-)