This is the fourth year I’ve had the honor of shooting this family’s Christmas card photos. And I very much look forward to it! I’ve got to see them grow up, which is made all the more significant because I only see them once a year. The littlest one was a few weeks old the first time I made their portraits. Just makes me all oogly inside. (Probably because I have two boys and will never see the other side of raising kids.)
Technical details: the group shot was lit with an 43″ umbrella, camera left, with a Metz Mecablitz 60 strobe. I kept a light touch with the lighting on this one, and had the ambient and strobe balanced pretty evenly. It’s just enough to give a pop to their faces without looking “lit”. The individual portraits above were all ambient light, and it’s just a matter of finding the right background with the right amount of sky in the right place. The group image and some of the individuals were shot on my Bronica ETR-s, but I also had my Mamiya 645AF and even my Olympus OM-4, as I had rolls of film to finish in each of those cameras! Film was Kodak Portra 400 throughout.