What a great day! I had the pleasure of shooting the Sams Family Portraits today at Old Mill Park in Silverdale Washington. The park is small, but very close to the city and offers some great backdrops for family portraits. There are some picnic tables, a beach, fun rock formations and lots of trees. There is also a dedicated parking lot and bathrooms. The Sam family is a beautiful family and the photos turned out great! The sneak peak is on the Blakely Photography Studio Facebook, the rest will be coming soon.
I used a Nikkor 5omm f/1.8 prime lens for all of these shots. I’ve been working lately with just using my prime lenses. I think they work great for family portraits, especially the 50mm because it’s about the same focal length as the human eye. Another reason I like this lens is because it’s so sharp and fast. It’s also very easy to throw the background out of focus with these fast prime lenses which can be very important for family portraits.
One of the things I find it can be easy to forget is using too shallow of depth of field when shooting family portraits. With these super fast prime lenses, it’s easy to use an f-stop of 1.8 or something that really creates a dramatic depth of field. The problem with this can be that sometimes family portraits require a bit bigger depth of field than that f-stop will provide. You might just end up with one family member that is tack-sharp and the others will be a bit blurry.
Watch the f-stop, keep the background out of focus and capture the candid moments!