The Key to Stunning Family Photography
Family portrait sessions are a great way to make and preserve special memories! We simply adore every family that we get to photograph. No two sessions are ever quite the same. When booking a family portrait session, there are a number of factors that should be considered. I discussed the key element of styling in this article here.
Today I am going to discuss one of the most important and often overlooked components of stunning family photography, and that is light.
The Golden Hour
Have you ever been stuck at work on a spring evening, gazing longingly out the window as the sun makes it way towards the horizon? Found your self staring longingly at the people walking through the warm air as the sky turns pink around you? (We have!) Everything just looks so pretty as the sun sets! It’s amazing how often there is a gorgeous sunset and we just don’t have time to appreciate it. Conversely, when the sun is high in the sky, it creates ugly shadows and causes people to squint – all factors that don’t make for wonderful portraits!
Natural Light Family Photography
Where possible, we like to utilise the natural light available to make our family portraits. This has a two-fold effect. Firstly our photographs always look and feel natural, because they are! There are no flash reflections, or other distracting elements that are sometimes introduced by artificial lighting. Second of all, it eliminates the need for us to carry around complex lighting set ups, thus making our job more comfortable! We do use reflectors to move the light where we need it, and of course at night it is often essential to use a flash, but where possible, we just don’t want them!
The hour and a half before sunset is quite simply magic – photographers don’t call it the golden hour for nothing. Using this light, coupled with a great location and some clever styling are the key factors in whether your family photos come out looking good or whether they come out looking amazing! It isn’t hard to find out when the sun is going down, and like everything in life, being in the right place at the right time is always the best option.
In my next article, I’ll discuss the third important factor – Location. You can catch my article about styling a session here.