The Jenkins family and I headed down into Carkeek Park in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle at the beginning of August for a family portrait session. Photographing young children can be a challenge, we all know that. My photo session with the Jenkins family is a perfect example of how I approach these shoots. The very first thing I do at my family portrait sessions is take a posed group shot so that I make sure I have that locked down before we start to lose the kids (their attention, not lose the actual children). After that, it’s whatever goes. I let them be crazy and run, chase each other, throw the kids in the air, etc. I basically let the kids do their kid thing, which doesn’t involved too much sitting still. And I photograph it. And I love it. Family portraits don’t have to always be everyone sitting together all smiling at the camera. Portraits can simply be images that depict who you are as a family unit and how you interact together. Those are portraits too.
All told, this is the best way to capture young children as they actually are, as well as always coming away with a solid family portrait for mom and dad. (The first two frames below are a great example of a group shot from the very beginning of the session and a group shot from the end).