Lovable Family Portraits by Tricia Schumacher

mother and son in the winter

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Tricia says:

“Like most woman and photographers I do not usually enjoy being in front of the camera. This session is very special to me because it is a “selfie” session. This is my family! This session was shot with a tripod and the timer on my D600. It was a beautiful snowy day. We suspected that despite the long winter, this would probably be the last good snow fall. I did not tell my family until right before we walked out the door. I set up my camera, laid out everyone’s clothes, and made a plan before I even told them. Once I told them, they were dressed and out the door to our backyard. The entire session took less than 10 min. I am thrilled with the genuine smiles from my boys. I am so happy I took the risk to get in front of the camera. When I see these images I do not think about my flaws but about the joy on my boys faces and the feeling of love. Isn’t that what it is all about anyway?”

Tricia’s Photography Tip:

The first tip for a family “selfie” is to set up all technical aspects before you bring in your family. The shorter the better so try to keep the entire session less than 10 min.

The second tip is in the processing. For these winter photos, I wanted to enhance the winter feel of the background but still have the subjects be crisp and bright. I created a duplicate layer and then opened levels. I brought the black down then brushed that layer off the subjects. I flattened, created another duplicate layer. I then made a contrast brightness layer. I increased the contrast slightly and then brushed that layer off the background.

If you follow these tips you will have images where the subject pops off the page.

mother and son in the snow
mother and sons
winter family photo

Tricia used a Nikon D600 with a Tamron 70-200 lens to capture these images.

Tricia Schumacher is a DeKalb-Sycamore, IL Newborn, and Children, and Family Portrait photographer.

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