Sometimes the best place to take family photos is at home; yes in the familiar surrounds of your own backyard. Home is generally a relaxing environment, perfect for children to just be themselves in their own space and perhaps oblivious to the person behind the camera. I spent the afternoon and evening with Brian, Tash and the twins in their very green back yard.
First up we spent some time in the vege patch while the kids were warming up to me, instead of jumping straight into posed photos we let the kids show me around the garden. The two photos of Father and Son picking peanuts and Mother and Daughter picking flowers are some of my favourites from the afternoon as they show both the bond between them and to the environment. After we had explored the vege patches I set up a nice family shot between the flower beds and captured a mixture of natural and posed photos. The background may be a little unconventional but I like that the plain grey of the shed walls make the colours pop and all focus is on Brian, Tash and the kids.
I like to include props and activities in my family photos, here we used a vintage push bike and sidecar which the kids love to ride around in, I jumped on it to with the twins for a bit of a laugh. The bike has been in the family circle for many years and was gifted from a close family friend, i'm sure there are some photos of Brian sitting in the sidecar when he was a child.
Props and activities also lead to some great candid moments where the children forget about the camera and do what kids do best; Play. dad is a tinkerer and spends a lot of time in the shed with these two so we set up a spot in the shed with tools and a small engine. With the scene set we left the twins to their own devices and watched the play time unfold, sure enough just like dad they are on the tools and having a blast.