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    Jamie Parfitt

    If you have time to critique this, I think it one of our best family pictures of the past few months. Naomi was photographer!

    Lydia Bennett

    Hi @momparfitt!

    I absolutely love the combo of brightness, soft lighting (was the sun peeking out?), and the soothing colors of the outfits. And it’s actually snowing? How cool is that?! Also no one looks frozen – which can be hard to do when it’s cold outside! 😀

    It looks like the line between snow and trees in the background is a slight hill, but it’s so slight it becomes distracting. Other than that, the quality of the photo is excellent – sharp, clear, well exposed.

    The only thing I think I’d change about the photo is the pose itself. One of the [many!] take-aways I’m reminded of from the Lenspiration e-book on family photos is to create connection in the photo. As an example, compare the two photos below from a few months ago when my brother graduated BMT. The first one is fine, but we’re all just standing in a straight line, with not much physical connection. It pretty much looks like a snapshot – “stand there and smile!” – which is basically what it was. The second one however, although far from perfect, looks more intentionally placed. I arranged everyone in a more shapely format, creating a more circular look rather than only straight lines, and then there’s also a little more physical connection. I wish I had taken an extra minute to be sure there was even more; maybe have my one brother place his hand more visibly on his wife’s shoulder, I could’ve placed my hand on my sister’s (blue plaid shirt) shoulder, but I’m glad my other sister (in pink) did that.

    I just love photos of families – there’s something special about them! 🙂

    James Staddon

    Great example, @bennett-family! That would be my thought too, just trying to loosen up the pose, which I don’t have much to offer on how to do that because I don’t do portraits that much! But I do know that that is the element that would be missing, if anything is missing.

    Lighting, environment, expressions….all so amazing. Ideal! Compositionally, since the subjects are symmetrical, I’d probably frame them centered.

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