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A beautiful, fall Sag Harbor wedding on a soggy day.  The weather allowed for a beautiful sky that just made the colors pop and Kim’s stunning wedding dress just glow against the backdrop.  The fun filled evening was capped off with lanterns sent into the night sky.






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Family Portraits DOs- Helpful advise on photographing your own family

For a photographer, skills in family portraits are essential.   Looking at the history of photography, one of the first popular uses the camera was not for abstract art, or photographing the family pet, but for photographing people and their families.   In order to hone in on the small things that make a difference in this classic and often overlooked form of photography, I have come up with five DOs and five DONT’s of Family Portraits. I’ve also included a few examples from portrait sessions we have done.

1) Do squish your groups together

Most likely, even though they are family they won’t be getting close enough. Maybe it’s an American personal space thing, but it’s always been an issue and having everyone in tight truly makes a difference in the tone of the picture. When families are physically close, it emits a warmth and visually shows what families should be like…close.   As a overlapping.

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2) Do coordinate clothing

Try to have a color scheme, without being to matchy.   Always avoid extreme colors, prints and logos on their clothing can make a big difference.

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3) Do check the screen for blinking

 4) Try and be funny to get some genuine smiles

A few cheesy jokes work surprisingly well to break the tension. A typical photographer make a joke.  Or asking everyone to strike their best glamor pose. Other ways to get a smile is to get them doing something they don’t normally do.

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5.) Do try and blur the background

Choose the largest aperture setting you can, while still keeping everyone sharp. An aperture of 2.8 might make the trees and shrubbery look silky smooth, but it might make Uncle Bob at the end of the line look fuzzy. This is especially a problem when everyone is standing on different focal planes.



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