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Grouping Families

As you photograph children’s relationships with parents and siblings, keep in mind that the opportunities to tell a story in your images are waiting for you at every turn. The story can be about connection, either with each other, their environment, or activities.

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When you photograph families, spend some time photographing individual relationships within the family — that is, siblings, father/son, mother/daughter, and so on. This is extremely rewarding because there is usually special bonding and tenderness that comes to the surface when you are sensitive and encouraging.

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For more on using leading lines like diagonals in your photography, see Chapter 5.

Sometimes an initial awkwardness disappears when you say something like, “Okay, guys, I want to see some serious snuggling!” The barriers come down, and you start to see some genuine connection going on before your eyes. It’s almost as though they are waiting for your permission. That is when your heart beats fast and you are able to capture moments that will be treasured for generations.


  

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