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  • Writer's pictureJanet G.

My first family mini-session vs most recent family portrait session

I need to confess something, I'm not just a quinceañera photographer. I've been sharing many blog posts about quinceañeras, which I hope you have found useful.

Did you know that I also do family portraits? I love helping families create great memories and seeing the little ones having a great time is amazing.

For today's blog post, I will be comparing my first family session vs. my most recent one. Don't know how you feel about looking back and seeing how much you've progressed, but I love it. It inspires me to continue working and improving.

My Frist Family Session at Anthem Community Park

My first family session was for a young man celebrating his 15th birthday. A family member recommended me. His mom wanted photos to look back. We went to Anthem Community Park. It was a short session with his sisters and mom. I had a Canon Rebel T3i and a 50mm lens.

Things that I notice when looking back at my portrait photography are:

  • the poses are simple and repetitive throughout the photoshoot

  • composition is not very creative

  • and my editing has a lot of contrast.

My Most Recent Family Session

This family photoshoot was earlier this year in May. Laura wanted senior and family portraits to celebrate her graduation. We went to Sahuaro Ranch Park in Glendale for her photoshoot. Let me know in the comments below what you see differently in this session.

I have updated my camera gear since 2017. Now I use a Canon 6D Mark ii, with a 50mm lens. Even though I shoot outdoors, I do use a flash. It helps to light up shadows on the face. My composition has improved, along with family poses, don't you think? Plus, my editing isn't so harsh. The color looks natural and vibrant.

I'm practicing in included the landscape and capturing the settings better. My family sessions are outdoors, so I want to make it count and be sure to capture that. Along with capturing the personality of the entire family with action poses, which is adding movement to photos.

Booking a family portrait session

Click the heart on the bottom right if you love reflecting on progress. I sure do. If you are looking for a family portrait photographer, stay and check out my website. Click the button below to see my family portrait photography portfolio. You can get ideas and inspiration for your family session.

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