A friend has asked that I shoot some photos of her family. Her mum has a big farm that they grew up on that she has had to sell. She asked if I could take some shots of them there before she has to move. There will be my friend, her husband, her 2 year old, her brother and his girlfriend and their Mum. They would like some group shots under a big, old tree and then some casual photos of them walking around the property.
Provided the weather holds out (we're heading towards winter quickly) I'm not too worried about the walking around shots. I am really nervous about the group shot though, particular as I'm not sure how much light will be available.
Any suggestions on what I need to prepare / bring in this situation. It's just for a friend but I would like to do the best I'm capable of.
First and foremost, go out there at the time of day they're wanting their photos done, and see if the conditions will be ok for that. If not, STRONGLY suggest a different time of day where the light will be optimal. Also, when you're there, scoping it out, look at it from further away. I don't advise putting them directly under this tree. I would pull them away from it. I learned my lesson when I took a family's photos by a barn. They got really lost in the photo when I tried to get the entire barn in, because they were way too close. Pull them away, and make them the focus, but still keep the tree in. Really try to think about the composition you're going to do before you even show up that day. Being prepared will make you more confident.
As far as the technical stuff, make sure you have a nice closed AP. You will want everyone in focus.
I think Stephanie hit the nail on the head on this. I would also suggest to your friend, outfit - nice neutral colors would be good for a family portrait.
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