Family Session...Looking for FEEDBACK please

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  1. Nmink100

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    Hi Everyone
    I did a family session including a Grandmother the other day and the light I wanted was practically non-existant. We shot at 4:30 (this was right before we switched the clocks) and I was hoping to get the warm western glow of the sunlight with nice bright eyes but instead it was VERY grey out and the sun was completely covered by a thick layer of clouds. I couldn't reschedule because grandma was going back to London the next morning. Let me know what you think and please feel free to be harsh and honest. I know in some pics I cut off limbs and that's a touchy subject on this board but with kids moving so fast sometimes it just happens...anyway thank you in advance for your feedback.
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  2. Ajay

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    These are great! I like them all. You did a great job and I bet the family loves them. What a cute group! Great color and great moments captured in all of them.
     
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    Some really nice expressions caught and a very nice looking family. The seemed to enjoy the day.

    Several of the shots are tilted. Check your horizon. See if you can remove the extraneous people in the last shot.
     
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    These are fantastic!! Cloudy days can provide great lighting because you don't have to worry much about shadws. They must be so pleased!!
     
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    crystal_lynn I am sure I sound childish

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    I love them all, but I especially like the one with dad and the girls.
     
  6. Nmink100

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    Thank you all for your feedback. I have at least 50 pictures or more from this session but didn't want to overload the board.

    I had to do a lot of post-processing on many of these as they were underexposed so the sharpness and clarity I wanted is not there and there are dark shadows right by the eyes that are driving me crazy. Especially because all these kids have the most magnificent bright blue eyes that normally make for great photographs...

    I captured great moments so the family is thrilled and they are not looking at them "technically" but the pictures are not up to par with what I wanted to get.

    I had my 580EX external flash but I've only practiced using it while bouncing off walls and ceilings and not as fill flash.

    I need to learn that ASAP
     
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    These are really cute! Makes me want to live near a beach!
    My only critique would be to watch chopping off limbs and, like someone else said, watch people/things in the background.
     
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    Number 5 is what photography is all about.
     
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    Beautiful pictures! I would love to have a beach nearby, but . . . welcome to Utah!

    I love the idea of having grandmother in the pictures. What a legacy to have for these kids!

    They just look like they're having a blast!

    Love the dad pic, as well as number 8 that red hair is beautiful!
     
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    #6 is fantastic. It makes me so excited to have a family someday! I also love that you included Grandma in the shots. They will be treasured I'm sure.
     
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    I can only say the same about these. All are excellent shots. If I have any critique to give it would be try and get the skin tones consistent in your shots. A couple look a little red. And in image with the three girls, their feet and heads are too close to the edge of the image - a little more care in composition.

    But overall it's hard to say anything but very well done on a great job.

    JD
     
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    Clouds are good! Overcast is like one big huge light diffuser :) I loved these photos BTW. Especially the one with grandma and the four kids. I maybe would have tried 'posing' them a bit differently because I find the legs in it distracting. These are things you notice after the fact (I know!) and not while you're firing away trying to grab the right shot.

    Lovely photos though!
     

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