Indian family photos are something that I do a lot of. For their traditional Indian family photos, this handsome family posed in their own home, and I set up a home studio shoot.
On Christmas eve, I was asked to shoot Indian family photos, in the clients own home. Fortunately, it was early on Christmas Eve, around noon. Still time for me to complete my work and get home to deal with preparations with my own family.
Although photographing a family portrait in the home of someone is more involved than them coming to me, it has it’s distinct advantages. The benefits of this kind of photo session are twofold in my opinion.
First, people can change outfits quickly and easily, they have full access to their entire wardrobe, accessories, make up, hair products, etc. That was particularly important in this case as the family wanted to wear traditional Indian clothing for their family photos, and also have some shots with western clothing.
Second, people are more comfortable in their own environment. More relaxed. It feels like a much safer place, and when I say safer, I mean emotionally. We always feel more confident, more empowered, in our own surroundings. From a family portrait shoot standpoint, confident people take confident portraits. (more below the images)
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Of course this involved taking studio lights, background, stands, computer and a variety of other paraphernalia. An entirely mobile photography studio in effect.
When working with a setup like this, the resulting images really could have been shot anywhere. There are no clues to show that the photos of this Indian family were in their front room, or that we lifted a sofa out of. It’s a studio photo shoot – no matter where the studio is constructed.
Traditional Indian Family Photos – The Plan.
The plan in this case was to produce an image to replace the existing family portrait in the living room. This image was only 11 x 14 inches. I say “only 11 x 14” because that’s pretty small. I often hear people saying things like, “we want bigger prints, so let’s order some 8 x 10’s”, or words to that effect.
An 8×10 is not a large image. It could never be the feature image on a wall. Think about the size of your tv – it’s maybe 52 inches wide, often more. Now imagine watching your favorite shows on a tv 10 inches wide. Impossible, unless you had it in your hand.
Back to the Indian family photos, the 11 x 14. To see it, and see who was in it, you literally had to walk up to the sofa and lean over towards the photograph. We planned to change all of that.
An Impressive Wall Portrait
Our photo shoot took about an hour overall, with 15 minutes to set up, and again to dismantle everything. That gave us an hour and a half total time.
In the end, the final wall portraits were ordered at a size of 30 x 40 inches. Though that may seem big, when it’s on the wall it’s a perfect size. Remember that tv example.
It’s the difference between walking into a room and seeing a portrait, but not the details, as opposed to seeing every family member clearly and beautifully. Without having to squint and peer, or get up close. I love shooting Indian family photos, they are so colorful, and I love it even more when I see them hanging on a wall, lighting up a room.
All wall portraits should be large and obvious, it’s what makes them come alive. It’s what truly defines a wall portrait – it’s presence. Definitely an investment you will always be happy with, more and more as time passes.
This Indian traditional family phots shoot went, we had a blast, and the results were beautiful! I’m happy.
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