Behind the Photo Shoot

As a landscape photographer (primarily landscapes, but I’ll shoot anything), it’s always fun and exciting to get behind the camera and try some different techniques. I’ve always been a huge believer in the idea that spanning multiple photography genres and fields will allow people to grow in their creativity. Also, many different types of photography can help benefit other fields.

So, a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of helping an old friend out with some portraits of her new family! Here was the gear list I used…

  • Sony a6000
  • Canon 50mm f/1.8 with an adapter

That’s it! Who says you need some crazy fancy gear and a lot of flash to create great portraits and great memories? The fact of the matter is you don’t! If you know how to use your gear properly, you can save money and show people what a knowledgeable photographer looks like!


The morning of the photo shoot, we met at the location we selected, a park that is home to some older, rustic barns and stables. It was a great setting for any family shoot because you have multiple backdrops to choose from.

Here’s my philosophy while photographing kids: let their attitudes and actions lead the photo shoot and take what they will give you.


Here’s what I mean.

At the beginning of our photo shoot my friend’s daughter was very active and excited. She was willing to try to walk on her own, sit in the grass, smile, and be away from her parents some.

If a child is acting like this, take it and run with it because who knows when they are going to change their mind and start being shy and reserved, always wanting to be held.

That’s exactly what happened.

After a while of shooting (probably 45 minutes), she was over the photo shoot. She couldn’t even…


If this happens, don’t get discouraged! Go with the flow. Get the great shots of children spending time with the parents. These are probably going to be your great family shots.

Just try not to get any shots of the kids crying. Those never work out well!