Well I do have a love of leaves and pretty much anything Autumn so to shoot this family we headed into Hagley Park in the nice golden afternoon light. Now to say this family was fun to photograph would be a severe understatement… they were hilarious. Plenty of dry humour from Daryl and plenty of “aww Dad” moments from the rest of the family. I should probably take some responsibility because I genuinely find Daryl funny so I may have encouraged him along a bit…
We started off with some shots looking down at them, with me balancing quite precariously on a ladder above them… then it looked like OSH would shut us down (or I would fall and crush someone) so we changed to a much more sensible shooting position on the ground.
Making the most of the golden backlight we shot this picture which really captures the personalities of this family at their best.
I was missing my ladder (and the sense of danger that it empowered me with) so climbed up again to shoot some of the siblings throwing leaves at me, which is a great idea to come from the person that doesn’t have leaf debris falling back down and potentially blinding them… but these three are brave and we got some fun shots through it and no one was even un-seriously hurt.
And then a more sensible shot that won’t give them flashbacks of the traumatic leaf throwing shots. These three are seriously cool and as I’m a new Dad myself I was looking for tips from Daryl and Lynda about how you get such good looking kids like these…
Turns out genetics may be a large factor so at least my girl Juliet has good looking genes on her mother’s side. We managed to stop Daryl playing around for a few minutes to get some great shots of him and Lynda. Talk about good genetics aye… not even warm vintage post-production treatment can make them look old!
Rounding things off we got some great photos of everyone individually, while the rest of the family looked on poking fun and eliciting some great smiles out of them…and a perfect model pose from Joel (what a legend!)
And just to finish off, here is a pic of the two brothers Sam and Joel just to show you how awesome Sam is at being the big brother.
It was such a fun shoot and great time spent with you all guys! Hopefully I will see you all again soon!