>>The Lindsay 2014 Family Portrait<<
I Am no longer a Lindsay, but this is my family. This image took months to plan; co-odinating wardrobes, finding the right outfits, reminding, thinking about it, drawing sketches, changing posing ideas. I am so happy with how this came out. More-so it is a gift for my Mum and Nan, but a project very close to my heart none the less. It's so rewarding to have an image where we are ALL together. My Nan is almost 90, its nice to capture this while she is still here with us. The little baby is just 6 weeks old - likely the last of that generation. This is a really really special photo.
WOW where did I get that massive backdrop?!! I did't. Its a manageable sized painters drop from Bunnings, clamped to the trusses in my Mums shed. The floor is the shed floor.
How did I get my entire family to post like this in one single shot?! I didn't. This is 4 individual images. Not only would taking this in one shot be ridiculously stressful, it was also not possible due to some different commitments from each of us that morning. One of my brothers could literally only pop in for a few minutes, we had a baby due for her sleep, and another who had to leave for Melbourne as early as possible. I just worked around all of this, set up the set and lighting and took each family separate. While the people are how I wanted them - skin tones, poses, their character - the backdrop and ground needed a lot of work. Here is a snippet of how the image morphed in Photoshop:
The lighting was speed lights, a soft box at camera left, a shoot through umbrella at camera right and very conveniently there was a skylight so I positioned everyone under that. The shot with my Nan in it is a slightly different exposure, id say due to the sun (via the skylight) changing... I didn't notice this at the time.
As always, Im happy for you to ask questions.