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Extended family sessions can be intimidating! I'm going to share 5 tips on how you can capture large groups like this family of 33!

Tip #1

  • Arrive early so you're set up on time
  • Make sure everyone knows the session time
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Tip #2

  • Have them coordinate their outfits so you have a cohesive image. This family chose blue and white, but they've chosen different shades of blue which really makes a nice color palette.

Tip #3

  • Be organized! I usually ask someone in the family (normally the person who hired me) to have a list of each family group they want photographed. This not only makes the session move along quickly, but it ensures that they get all the shots they want. And then I usually throw in a few more options I've thought of.

 

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Tip #4

  • Bring stools or chairs to create height for some of the smaller children.

Tip #5

  • Check your settings! For the whole family, my aperture was at 5.0. Other settings were 1/125 sec and ISO 250. That was enough to get everyone sharp even with some images being three people deep, but also a good setting to have a nice little blur in the background. I could have gotten more blur if I'd had more space between the family and the trees, but we were limited on space in this beautiful lemon grove.
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Bonus Tip

  • I check my images here and there throughout the session ... especially one where I'm shooting anywhere from 2-33 people. You want to make sure you make the appropriate changes with each group!
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As always, thanks so much for stopping by! If you have any questions, please comment below or send me an email. 🙂

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