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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fall Family Portraits in Minnesota | Maris Ehlers Photography

Fall in Minnesota is such a great time for family portraits.  Our favorite time of day to shoot is no different than most - that golden hour when the sun has lost its harshness and has a nice warm color to it.  While that magical hour in the summertime is later, in the early fall (when these were taken), we try to hit our stride at around 5:00 p.m. or so.  on this day, it worked out perfectly. 

The trick to taking advantage of the warm glow of the sun is to make sure when you are shooting into it that you control how much light is hitting your lens.  Some lenses can handle this well and some cannot. Know which of the two you have.  The other trick is to get your exposure on your subjects right without blasting out the background too much.  The whole point of these next few shots was to capture the boys with the golden, warm light behind and use it to frame them.  

Their Dad liked the picture below with both boys looking at the camera.  I do, too, but mom and I admittedly both preferred the image above where Peter, the youngest of the two, has that giggle about him that just draws you in.  Which one do you like best and why? 

This next image wouldn't be for everyone.  There's a lot going on.  The soft sun, the back of the old truck, and the fuzzy grasses in the foreground as well as the background, but I like pictures that are unique and different.  This one qualifies, and I love how the oldest brother has such a big boy look and pose while the youngest is PURE little boy.  Posing like this provides context, and if you couldn't tell by looking at their faces, you can tell by how they are sitting which one is the older, more serious sibling and which one is the younger, gleeful one.  

Well, really.  Can you go wrong with little boys and farm equipment?  I think not.  Especially with the wheat blowing in the breeze around them. 

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