Fun, beautiful and characterful portraits of sibling groups

We’ve created this video in response to a question on one of our forum threads: how do you capture life, laughter and interesting images when working with children? The MPP team sent me on a shoot with 10-year-old George and his 6-year-old twin brothers, Alfie and Freddie, with a brief to capture six very different images: one of each of the boys alone, one of the twins, and at least two of all three siblings together.

On the day of the shoot, the light was rapidly shifting between harsh, direct sun and cloud cover. I explain how I deal with challenging conditions like these, using a reflector sometimes to add light on the face but also as a shade. You’ll also learn why I don’t recommend the circular, collapsible reflectors, as well the exact reflector I use on location and why.

We’ll cover framing, backgrounds, catchlights and getting the best out of children. You’ll see my images straight-out-of-the-camera (with the exposure settings I used) as well as my finished edits.

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