Easter, like Christmas is a fantastic time to catch up with friends and family that you don’t normally have time to catch up with, and this Easter was no exception for our family.

Not only did we get the chance to talk about old times but it also made for a great photo opportunity. 😉

Me being me, I couldn’t help but take my camera along and capture some fantastic family portraits…

Looking through the photos I thought I would share one of them with you so as to give you some tips on taking these types of impromptu portraits.

Look at this photo for example…

Family Portrait

Family Portrait photographed by Brendan Maunder

When I asked them if I could get their photos, they were not standing where this photo was taken.  While the spot they were standing in was not completely terrible, it did lack two key things that should make up any photo:

  • Good lighting
  • A great background that doesn’t distract from the Subjects.

The main problem with their location was the speckled light coming down through some plants above their heads, and the background was scattered with all sorts of things that would distract from them, some of these things included other people that were around at the time. My job was to:

  • Give them interesting light
  • Clean up the background.

With some kind words I moved them about 5 metres out into the full sun, got them laughing and with the snap of the shutter I had my photo.

So what did I achieve….?

By moving them out in the open, and using my F stop to blur the background, I removed the distracting items in the background.  And having them stand with their backs to the sun, I now had a beautiful hair highlights and also complete control over the exposure on their faces.  They also didn’t have the sun in their faces which would have caused them to squint, and we all know that is never a good look.

So within a few extra minutes, and with a little bit of know-how, it went from an average photo to something quite special.

Give it a go next time you have the opportunity and you won’t be disappointed.