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Darwin professional portrait photography - one family's story

Hi there; I was hired to photograph a large family who were all together in Darwin, Northern Territory, which is rare for this family. Three generations to be photographed all together. People also wanted to be photographed in groups - such as cousins, sisters etc.

It was such a privilege to work with them and here is how the photo shoot was planned.

The clients wanted all the children to be photographed together - all kids running around, all different ages.

I wrangled all the younger ones and used dress-up props such as hats, headbands and new T-shirts/shirts to build excitement in the kids. It was a work day, around five pm, so the kids had been in school all day. Getting all of the children smiling at the same time the camera shutter goes off was no easy task!

My client and I agreed to shoot in the beautiful setting of the botanical gardens for it's light and foliage, but also so the children could play in between shoots. I'm happy with the boy-cousins-group portrait photograph below (aren't they gorgeous, can you feel the love?) even though the light and shadows were longer in the afternoon, the contrast between highlights and shadows wasn't too strong and the reflector disc filled in well.

Next is was the mother's and grandmother's turn. In the portrait image below, I chose to convert the photograph to Black and White, as the ladies had chosen to wear black shirts for the photo shoot. It works with the natural ease I was able to capture on their faces as the women in this family cracked jokes as I asked them 'stand here', 'pose like this'. I didn't have to instruct them to smile in this sneaky frame I fired off when they thought I had finished.

I hope the images show the great fun we all had during this portrait shoot in the gardens. Using the seats and props available, ensured more senior family members right through to the younger ones were comfortable. It was a very special family portrait shoot with them all together in Darwin, Northern Territory.



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