We got a late start for this children's session. 6 siblings were present, with only 1 missing for this portrait, but she's all grown up and busy with a child of her own. The rest of the brothers and sisters came in full of energy and ready to be photographed. Each was quickly photographed. A white backdrop and simple bar stool was used for the 5 older kids. The youngest wasn't about to give up the rocking horse once she found it.
The kids' mother had an idea of what she wanted for a group photo, so she arranged the kids based on her idea. Once there, the challenge was getting all of the faces and smiles in order. It took about 7 pushes of the shutter to make sure all of the faces were visible, to get rid of all of the blinks, and to get all of the smiles just right. A bit of compositing and some added graphic elements later produced this finished image.
There was a bit of time left to have some fun with the kids. We moved quickly with different pairings as brother and sister had fun playing together in front of the camera.
To wrap up the session, I focused on the quit one in group. Old enough to no longer feel like a kid, but too young to be considered a part of the teenage group, she is a tween. Her finished portrait is made of 3 separate photos composited together. Add to that some texture and a border in a complimentary color, and the result is a photograph with individuality and style, just like her.