When I’m preparing to photograph a family’s portrait I ask them two things “where will the prints be hung?” and “what do you want the photo to say about your family?”.
The first question is easy to answer “It will be hung in our formal sitting room, over our vintage baby grand, illuminated by color corrected museum lighting”, or “We’re going to hang it in the family room, right above the pool table beside our other photos of the family”.
The second question is even easier to answer “We want the photo to capture the love and respect that we have for each other … but I’m not sure that I can get the family to show it”
Well, that’s two very different scenarios and will result in two very different poses and backgrounds. And both can be epic. If I can get everyone to let their guard down.
Personality, the true family dynamic, the bond that comes from relying on each other through thick and thin, good grades and bad, good haircuts and bad is hard to capture early on in the session.
This image is my favorite from the session with this beautiful family. It’s classic, timeless and worthy of being passed down for generations.
But it wasn’t until they all changed into black T-shirts toward the end of our session did I see them relax. They became so comfortable because they weren’t posing as much as they were a family just being family.
Now, remember, I said that the more formal image was my favorite. I’m guessing that it will also be the family’s favorite. Because there are two kinds of “timeless”. Images that capture family as art and images that capture family as “family”.
Images for the formal areas that show how beautiful the family really is and images for the family to look at and remember how much their love for each other is.
Epic images, all of them.
Dan Busler is a full service Boston-based professional Portrait, Live Performance and Event photographer with studios located in the historic Hogie Bear Building – East Walpole MA 02032 By the Artist, for the Artist. 781-352-4863 http://www.danbuslerphotography.com