The Sinden family and I had a great time this past October taking their pumpkin patch family portraits at the Osborn farm in Loveland, Colorado. I've known the Sinden family for a few years, now. I called them up and asked if they wanted to do some family portraits and they quickly said Yes!
The Osborn Farm:
The Sinden family was already familiar with the Osborn Farm, as they had been going there for years for their pumpkins. I had never been there, though, so I searched on-line in an attempt to get an idea of the location. It looked like there was some open space facing West, which was great because, among other shots, I really wanted to get a shot of them with the sunset behind them. The Osborn Farm was great! There were lots of locations for great photos! They had a big pumpkin patch, a trailer full of small pumpkins, props everywhere, huge trees, a lake, a grass lawn, a barn, and so much more. I'm afraid I could have spent hours, no DAYS taking photos there.
Family Portraits Preparation:
As soon as I got there, I put my 24-70mm lens on my camera, and assembled my hot shoe softbox with my speedlite on it and tethered it to my camera with the wired cord. I'm ready for action! The night before I made sure batteries were charged and everything was working. I also got my camera ready for the situation (portrait, daylight white balance, ISO 100, aperture priority, etc.)
As soon as we left the parking lot, we got to work. Ryland started climbing around the pumpkins trying to pick one up. (I also dared him to see if he could pick one up)
Next we headed over to the trailer full of small pumpkins. A huge thanks to the parents were a great help as they came-up with lots of composition ideas! We thought that would look great with Amelia sitting in them. We tried to position her, and angle the shot so it looked like she was sitting in a sea of pumpkins.
The Pumpkin Patch:
On to the pumpkin patch with a wheelbarrow! Using my 24" softbox and speedlite, I was able to have the sun behind the kids, yet light-up their faces.
When I can, I like to get nature shots like this one of father and son walking through the pumpkin patch.
Ryland started to get a little camera shy and was hiding behind the pumpkins, so I turned that into a game of hide and seek, or hide and peek and get your picture taken doing so.
This shot was one of the father's ideas. He wanted the contrast of the shade and sun behind them. I knew that would be a challenge, but I knew what to do to pull it off: two exposures and merge them in Photoshop later (another approach would have been to use my flash and softbox to light them up).
Heading out of the pumpkin patch, we passed by a red barn with wooden steps. We grabbed a pumpkin and set it beside the baby. I knew this was a great opportunity to use my new Nikon 1.5mm f/1.4 lens, which I got right before this photo shoot. Literally.
This was the shot, for me, that was the icing on the cake. The family in front of the sunset, with a sunburst peeking over a shoulder, lit-up by my flash in a softbox. I couldn't have been happier with this photo shoot.
The father had this say:
Equipment used on this shoot:
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 (used for group, close-ups with speedlite, or moving shots)
Nikon 105mm f/1.4 (used for individual and stationary shots)
Nikon SB-910 Speedlite
Lastolite 24" Ezybox Hot Shoe Softbox
Nikon coiled remote cord