Normally I photograph families on location. This can be in their home, a park or even an urban setting. If there is a requirement for a studio style, I have a small set-up which accommodates about 3 adults.
On this occasion however, there were 5 adults and two youngsters. The weather was awful, my studio would be too small and the family’s home had visitors, so it was not a suitable venue.
I suggested we could use a local Commercial Advertising studio which has a Cyclorama because it would be spacious and a novel experience for their teenage children. There was a rental fee, but they were happy to deal with this and as a result, enjoyed a relaxed and altogether different experience to that of a normal Wedding Portrait studio.
The family came dressed in coordinated clothing and I photographed them in various groupings in these outfits. What I didn’t know, was they also bought along some bright beachwear for fun to “warm” up the winters day! The studio of course had changing rooms, which was another plus!
The beauty of working in this spacious environment, was the way the studio lights spread evenly, enabling me to capture those special candid moments. In this image, the brother and his little sister were having a dance while the others were organising themselves for the next session of photos. All I had to do was grab my camera and take the image!