This was my second shoot, I just get contacted by the studio when they get an interested client. This shoot was older children and their parents, 2 girls, a family friend and the parents. I actually found this shoot quite difficult. When working with children you can make it into a game to get them to forget that there is actually a camera in front of them and get great natural photos when children get to 8 on wards they just give you funny looks when you whip a guitar out or teddies and tell them to play. This required a lot more direction from mum and dad about what they wanted and creativity on my part for poses.
The girls were great once I got talking to them about TV shows they like what subjects they liked at school they eased up a lot in front of the camera and were up for throwing a teddy into a photo or when describing poses to them tot make them feel less awkward doing them myself very dramatically to make them laugh. With the family shots I really really struggled. The studio set up was just so small trying to fit everyone into the scene and standing just looks awkward. I tried a few positions but with the disgust on all subjects faces I thought I just need to make this funny so I yelled everyone jump on dads back and it sort of worked. I’ve done a lot more research on poses with families since then and I think what I missed was just avoiding leaving too much room between heads. It’s just hit and miss some families hate physical contact which makes awful photos but families that do look great. I think it’s something you just need to be quick with coming up with and not one rule fits all it’s about getting to know your client and everything else comes naturally with that.
The rest of this shoot can be viewed in my blog with my notes from the shoot.