Wow, what a great workshop! We had six children and started at a historical home in Roswell then finished up at our studio. We had fun photographing our models in every kind of lighting situations and everybody got a great workshop. Just look at some of the images we captured at the workshop.
I love adding depth to an image by focusing on the brother and having his sister in the background. I often do this same technique with the parents in the background.
How cool is this setting? We discussed clothing and props with the parents before the shoot like we do with every shoot. See how much difference the clothes can make?
I know parents always want to see their children with giant smiles and I love to capture them being happy. However just looking cool in his fireman hat against the old brick wall is priceless.
The eyes are so important so make sure you always get plenty of light into their eyes. With Emma we are using a reflector to bounce light right into her eyes.
Shooting with a long lens and with shallow depth of field really draws your eye to him. The lens choice and your Fstop will make a huge difference.
Using all natural light inside and not being afraid to shoot at a higher iso will give your shots a very natural look.
He is leaning on a wall in the shade but we have someone in 20 feet away in sunlight bouncing this great light back into the shot.