A small selection of photos from a family photoshoot last weekend in Roppongi Hills. I always strive to capture 'happiness' in my photos but also try to retain a more natural/documentary style feel to the shots.
Of course, I also need to do some more posed group shots on shoots like these so what I like to do is simply go for a walk around the family's favourite area - whether it be close to their home or a park that they often go to. I find that by taking this kind of approach to family photography, moments just happen and I'm able to achieve the kind of look I want.
For this kind of shoot I always use just two lenses, a 35mm 1.8 and an 85mm 1.8. I find that this gives me the perfect balance for creating more intimate moments. I know many may use a more classic portrait zoom lens range of 70-200mm but it just feels two distant for me, where as the 85mm feels just right - and I'm still able to shout some crazy stuff to make the younger ones smile!
This particular shoot was 1 hour long and I'm really pleased with the results, it's amazing how many different spots can be found in just one area. Roppongi Hills was excellent despite the crowds!
I'm already looking forward to my next photoshoot in Tokyo wherever it may be. I really like family photography, some might see it as just a way of paying the bills, but I see it as more than that. We're really capturing moments to be cherished that could live on for years on somebody's wall back home. I doubt the same could be said for the latest fashion front cover on some fancy magazine.
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Tokyo based Wedding, Family and Outdoor Adventure Photographer from the UK - A photo journalist at heart.