A few weeks ago I had to chance to photograph a family in their home. I don't usually go to a clients home, but it's winter and I have a small studio so I made the choice to travel to their home. This ended up working out for the best. The wall I photographed the family against was solid brick with a small fireplace.
Working with a larger family is new to me. Posing has been one of my issues in the past and this session was a good challenge. Achieving a triangle shape with the clients heads is always the goal when posing groups of people, but sometimes it doesn't always work out that way like in the photo below.
Regardless of the non-complete triangle I am happy with how this image turned out. The family chose this one to be made into a large canvas portrait.
The two images below were taken back to back. I liked the composition of this portrait better than the one above because it is horizontal and the family was positioned better, but that is just my opinion. The other image was snapped right after I asked everyone to choose a sibling to look at. You can really see their personalities showing through.
Of course you can't get away with family portraits without doing a few goofy fun ones.
I am Lizabeth Carl, photographer and owner of Lizabeth Carl Photography. I am 28 years old and have lived in South Jersey my whole life. I was also probably born in the wrong generation because I am hippie at heart.