I work mainly as a press photographer but I am often also asked to shoot family portraits for my clients. These to worlds converged when I was asked to shoot a feature for a newspaper on a family who have an allotment in Glasgow.
The feature was about the rise is young people with families using allotments. The family in question consisted off a young couple who had two toddlers and a new born baby. We asked them beforehand to wear brightly coloured clothes which the whole family did perfectly. This was because It was a dull winters day and I needed something to add a bit of colour to the pictures.
As It was winter there wasn’t much vegetation to work with so I just started by getting the family to dig up some of the vegetable beds. At first the children were very shy, any time I pointed the camera at them they just stood there looking at me. I don’t like to pose up my pictures as this can look very false. People look much better in candid situations when they are just being themselves and interacting with each other. So I just watched them from a distance and snapped away, this helped get the kids used to me being there. After a while they paid no attention to me and I was able to move In closer.
My favourite picture of the day.
Once I had enough candid shots and the kids seemed comfortable enough I got some posed shots which I new I would need for the article.
The approach I used on this photo shoot is the same I use when I am asked to take a family portrait. I like to take people outside and get them having fun and interacting with each other. I feel this candid look is much more natural and more unique that going to a studio. The white background look that most studios out there offer has been done to death. Other than a handful, You couldn’t tell the difference between 99% of the work that high street studios produce.
If you would like a unique looking outdoor family portrait then please get In touch.
Here is the article the pictures were used in,