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I’ve shot plenty of family portraits over the last few years, but they’ve always been of my family or just some quick snapshot style pictures at a family party. This time the “shoot” was actually planned and prepared for ahead of time including location scouting, and for the first time ever for me I used off camera flash.
Here are just a few of the shots I took, unfortunately the family’s schedule limited the time we had to around an hour total, and it was a little earlier in the day than I would have preferred, we stopped just as golden hour was about to begin instead of starting at that time – Oh well.
A short walk from the park was an abandoned (but sadly soon to be rejuvenated) train track covered in trees and bushes.
I learned quite a bit from this portrait session that I look forward to implementing in the future. One of those was that I should have used an umbrella on my strobes to soften the light a little. For these I was using 2 YN560 manual strobes with Cactus V5 radio triggers, most of the time I was using only one strobe but it was nice to have the second strobe available when I needed it.
PS: here’s a shot of my trusty, hardworking and cheap VAL’s 😉