Multi generational Photography

Big family groups use to really really really freak me out…{yes that is a LOT of “really’s”!} There was always someone not looking at the camera, or blinking, or someone that moved that I didn’t see move and usually a kid that won’t listen and everyone looks at the kid instead of the camera and then the people standing behind me start yelling or making ridiculous noises and the whole large group looks at the weirdos behind me, I try to redirect and the baby starts to cry… Then I get home and realize after 3-5 head swaps that I might have a good image… I hate head swapping… it is a lot of work!  And then they might buy a few 8×10’s… yeah, it wasn’t really worth it.  I usually turn down large groups for this reason.

Anyway, when Betsy said she wanted a “whole family” photo I had a moment of dread, then I thought of a better way to do it.  Last year I took photos of the preschool kids in groups, then Photoshopped them all together… it was awesome!  I had 10 pairs of eyes looking right at my camera, and ten cheesy grins, and NO head swaps.  Betsy and I talked about doing a panoramic of her family using this same method.  A photographer named Drake Busath was featured in my PPA magazine I get and he does families this way so I looked at and studied his photos and read his articles.   I couldn’t move my lens at all and I had to have each family stand in the same spot (an X I made on the backdrop with masking tape.)  I used flatter lighting then I would with a typical portrait, and I worked super fast!  I wanted mostly upper body to emphasize faces more and I really don’t like shoes in photos anyway.

I was so excited with the results I had to share the final image!  I think this is going to be a norm now for mufti-generational photography from now on.  Isn’t this a great looking bunch??  I can’t wait to see it printed, framed, and on their wall.

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November 5, 2011 - 10:41 AM

Betsy Gilliland - You are right up there with Busath now! Looking forward to seeing other generational groups………..I know you will enhance what you have started and I’ll have to have another one down the road! Thank you, Amy, for working with my clan!!

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