Studio Portrait of a Friend’s Family

One of my husband’s friends from work asked that I take a studio-style portrait of their family. The two other times I’ve done studio portraits of anybody other than my kids or myself, both of which were taking photos of a large group of people, I’ve sort of messed it up; at least that’s what I think. Needless to say, I was a nervous wreck, frantically searching the internet for the best lighting techniques and the best poses for a family of three before the big day, which was today. They are a wonderful couple who made this whole picture taking process so easy. Not only were they relaxed, they are also both really photogenic. If only their adorable little one-and-a-half-year-old would have been more excited about being photographed, things would have been perfect.

I’m still working on trying to pick the best shots, but I started editing one of them tonight, sort of a random pick, because I was super excited about trying out the frequency separation technique that I came across yesterday while looking for best ways to photograph the family. The woman’s face turned out a bit unevenly toned on the photo straight out of the camera, so it was perfect for trying out frequency separation on. All I can say that it’s near magic and will probably be my favorite tool for skin editing in portraits from now on.

On the couple’s request, I “pixellated” and blurred out their daughter’s face.

(50mm, ISO 50, f/7.1, 1/160 sec + an off camera flash with a shoot through umbrella at a 20* angle to my right on 1/2 power as my main light and a flash with a bounce umbrella (silver and gold) at a 45* angle to my left on 1/16 power as a fill)

A Family Portrait

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