It all starts with building trust
Last week I had the pleasure of photographing a Three Generation Family Portrait at Tunnels Beach, Kauai.
It began with a phone call a received Monday morning that lead to a sit down meeting with Pia and Brian Monday evening. The family was all in Kauai and wanted to mark the occasion with a family portrait. We really hit it off talking about their family, my photography and the possibilities for the portrait session. This is so important, to make sure we all think we can work together. If it seems like it will work well, it will work well.
I needed to understand how the family fit together before I could envision how the photos would come to life. Once I understood this, I could then draw up ideas as to how to position people in the larger group shot.
Kauai Family Portrait Session
What I like about an open air studio, like the beach, is that people get to hang out with each other and really take in the landscape. So often we fill our time with activities that we don’t just take a minute to look around and see how amazing the place where we are right now. The time during the photography session seems to fly by because there is so much beauty in the scene.
And the sun broke through for a gorgeous afternoon family photography session in Haena.
Indeed, 20 people made it to Kauai from New York and Florida for Kylie’s Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party. (Happy Birthday!) And what a fun time we had. The photos I made were of each individual family as well as the over all family. It was a two hour shoot, start to finish.
I varied the backgrounds, compositions and the lighting so that the different families each had a distinct experience.
The follow up meeting
I really enjoyed having the opportunity to share the images with the family before they left Kauai. Most of the time I don’t get to see the reaction people have to how they look in my photographs. For me, this is a wonderful experience to watch people enjoy the photos of themselves. It is a great closure to an awesome experience.
And a special thanks to my great assistants, Todd and Veronica, who helped out with the shoot. Assistants make all the difference between a chaotic and a pleasant experience and these two helped more than they know.
Paul Myers is documentary wedding and portrait photographer in Kauai, Hawaii. With over 15 years of experience, he has worked as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines and taught visual journalism at Brooks Institute of Photography. He is a husband, a gardener and surfboard shaper. If you have a comment or suggestion, or would like to book a photographer, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you. Join me on Google+, Yelp and Facebook.