Capturing connection with movement creates a captivating portrait. I will often ask the parents to hold hands and stand back and ask the children to hold hands and walk or run toward me.
To get the whole family involved in movement, I ask them to hold hands and spin around in a circle slowly while singing a song. Another option is to ask them to hold hands and walk away from or toward you, or engage them in an activity like playing in the waves.
Ask dad to toss one of the children in the air. As he is doing this ask the rest of the family to stand back and watch. An added bonus will be if you get the family members who are watching to touch in some way or participate in an activity like dancing or twirling.
Simply encourage them to play, run, jump, or splash. They will have fun and you will capture a real moment.
Movement creates a dynamic layer of connection. The viewer is drawn in by the authentic facial expressions and body language that come out when the family is moving. The viewer is connected to the activity, even if more static, perhaps pondering what the primary subjects are doing. It is as if the viewer has a private glimpse into the family’s unique relationship or dynamic.
Family portraiture can be artistic and intimate. I encourage you to relax and enjoy your family sessions. Explore the deep love and connection that is present in every family, and discover how to convey these emotions through your creative work. A successful session will often inspire a family to invite you into their usually private, intimate world.
If you want to explore my style of family photography, check out my Lifestyle Family Photography workshop.