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Capturing The Magic (And Mood) Of Sibling Relationships | Location Portraits Of A Brother And Sister

teacher avatar Paul Wilkinson, Portrait Photographer

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Intro | What we'll cover

    • 2. Constraints and considerations of sibling photography

    • 3. Shot 1 | Standing in a tree-lined car park

    • 4. Shot 2 | Seated under scaffolding

    • 5. Shot 3 | Walking down a village street

    • 6. Your Project & Outtakes

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About This Class

It's the one single picture that parents want most of all: their children together, looking happy.

However, the perfect sibling shot can be challenging for photographers to achieve, particularly when it comes to posing: how do you place sisters and brothers together without making them look like a couple?

You'll get three totally different posing ideas from this video, and you'll see how I achieved each of them. You'll learn why I chose each location, how I posed a teenage brother and sister together and - most importantly of all - how I generated some great expressions from them both before I pressed the shutter release.

You'll also find out that great locations can be found everywhere: in a car park, along a village street and even in between scaffolding poles! In fact, all three images were created within 50 metres of our front door! All you need is the right angle, and you can cut out anything that doesn't add to your image.

This class covers:

  • The challenges and considerations of sibling photography
  • Capturing a standing/leaning portrait in a tree-lined car park
  • Creating a seated portrait between scaffolding poles
  • Shooting a walking portrait on a village street
  • Lots of behind-the-scenes fun!

This class is ideal for beginner and intermediate photographers with an interest in family portraiture and posing. Try one of our other videos for more detail on setting your camera exposure, although you will see my exposure settings and straight-out-of-the-camera images for each portrait, as well as the final edit.

We'll finish off with some words of encouragement before it's over to you to put your new skills into practice!

Enjoy - and don't miss the outtakes at the very end! :-)

Paul and the team

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Paul Wilkinson

Portrait Photographer


Paul is one of the UK's most sought-after portrait and wedding photographers - not just for his eye for an image but for the manner in which they are created (mostly laughing, always relaxed!)

His images have adorned numerous publications from the BBC to the Times and have won countless awards as well as giving him the accolade of Fellowship of the Master Photographers Association.

He and his team are based near Oxford in the UK though often you'll find him clutching his passport and his cameras as he creates images for people across the globe!

This class is brought to you by the Mastering Portrait Photography team!

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1. Intro | What we'll cover: whenever we're asked to photograph siblings. It's almost always because some parents would like some beautiful pictures off their kids laughing. It's always about the bond between them. It's always about the laughter. And in this video we're going to show you precisely that. I'm Paul Wilkinson, and this is mastering portrait photography. 2. Constraints and considerations of sibling photography: when you're photographing siblings, essentially you have the same thing you have. We couples, which is two people who love each other. They might pretend they don't, but you have to hope they do. But it's a very different relationship to a couple. Of course, you can't pose him in the same way. You can't get them to hug up in the same way. But you still need to find ways of showing the closeness as well as the humor and the laughter on the dynamics that go on between them. So in this video I have a brother and a sister, Samson, and to Rekha, who are 14 years old and 13 years old. So they're quite close in age, and they really they get on really well. You can see this in the way they interact on. My job is to get positions where they're beautifully lit, beautifully framed. There's a context between them, but then you can create the interaction between them, and on the whole, the interaction comes out of, well, Mickey. Taking this is always true with siblings. They they know things about each other. They read it to this rhythms, and your job is to tap into that a little bit. So once you said to beach frame, then it becomes about the interaction. So you start by looking for the light. Then you look for the context. Then you look for the interaction on each of these three shots. That's precisely what we're going to do. Different settings, different styles, but the same magic. It's all about the love between them. And if you're gonna sell pictures two parents, that's precisely what you need to do. It's very different to photographing. Let's say a band where it can look really moody and call now You can do that, too, because that's good for your portfolio. But nine times out of 10 parents gonna buy laughter. If you enjoy this video and find it useful, why not head across to mastering portrait photography dot com where there's a whole heap of similar content? We have videos, We have articles, we have forums. We have Q and A's. We have a whole host of content, all dedicated to one thing and one thing alone, and that is the love of this wonderful thing that is portrait photography 3. Shot 1 | Standing in a tree-lined car park: So for this shot of positioned to Rekha and Samson just here. As you can see, we're just in a car park. There's nothing very special about it. If at the background is decidedly mixed, they do not want a red car in the background. If I choose my angle carefully, it'll be okay. The reason I picked this spot two reasons. One. The light is beautiful. This is wash of light coming down through the trees on its lighting, Samson and Tariq's face beautifully. There's amazing skin tones and great cat sites in the ice. Also, I've got this little corner of a war, which allows me a device to sits one of the two. Lean them back a bit, and that just creates difference between them either height or in positioning. And so that although they're still shot together, they're close together. But there's just that little bit of separation that makes it not like a couple shop. The next bit, though, is the magical pit, and that's how you interact with siblings. You don't need to look like they're a couple, but you do want it to look like they get on really well now, if they don't get on really well, that's really difficult. But these to do so it's gonna be fine on All I'm gonna do is just work out without pictures to be made them laugh a little bit on. You'll have really beautiful, well lit, well constructed siblings images. Turns out that while Torrico laughs a lot ago, Samson should play poker nothing at all unless he mentioned his girlfriend, in which case here, Upsilon. 4. Shot 2 | Seated under scaffolding: So one of things about photographing siblings is it needs a great variety in the look different ideas about lighting backgrounds, the way the stood or sat, and the local decorators have put up scaffolding outside our studio. This is due to come down tomorrow. It's been up about a week, and I have to admit, I've never really looked at the scaffolding thinking that might make an interesting picture when I was given the challenge of photographing these two together and we have to create some variety. I wondered whether, if we posed them inside it, there might be a really interesting angle. And sure enough there Waas. So all I've done is I've positioned to Rekha, who is now grasping the scaffolding in case it falls down s O that she is at the back of us . A slightly and slightly higher up in this particular shot on her brother, Samson is down lower. I've figured it around a little bit until the angle I'm seeing for my camera isn't obliterated by the different bits of scaffolding tube on. Also, there isn't a pipe growing out of either of their head, so I've kind of used the tubing to create little bits of framing a little bit the device to put them within. Then on the whole of check the lighting. Of course, the lighting is always going to be great. Why? Well, there's a wall behind them, their stuff above them. Which means the only light source has to be up there somewhere. And, of course, that's essentially of Aaron of Top Shade, which always is effective and then allowed on, has got the guys to smile. Bob's your Uncle Fannie's your aunt and you have a great photograph. 5. Shot 3 | Walking down a village street: So in this last shot, the one thing I'm looking for is interaction. And one of the most effective ways of getting at is to simply get someone to walk towards you. Walk towards us and I will show you. There you go. Look at them. No interaction at all. However, in the shot that we took, we did get that because you can't help but smile when walking together. There's a rhythm to it. There's a life about it. It's in good light again. I found my like first foremost and everything else. I've chosen the background so that I don't get the sky in my shot because I don't want that bleeding through. I just want something that is gonna like them. Well, they're gonna look great. They're gonna mess around. And that's how we got that shot. Simple 6. Your Project & Outtakes: So in this video, we've created three beautiful setups that resulted in great shots of just some siblings having a lovely time. Of course, that's what this job is about. Capturing emotions, portraying emotions, their simple shots. But they're very effective shots on. We've shown you how to like them, oppose them and then get the interaction. So if you know some siblings, brothers, sisters, twins doesn't really matter. Grab a camera. Take them outside. Go and have a play and see if you can create the same kind of magic we've just done. We've shown how simple it is on when you've created those pictures. Why not upload them to the your projects? Tab down below. Honestly, we love to see your pictures. We always have a look. We always enjoy them, and we will always critique them if you ask us to. If you've enjoyed this video and perhaps found it useful, why don't you head across to mastering portrait photography dot com Where there is a whole heap of content? Senator this There are videos, podcasts, articles, Q and A's forums all dedicated to this one single passion, and that is portrait photography. Until next time, take care. Fly Swat the poor boy. That's just what? No, you can't punch that. You know you can't stop. Stop! Now! Stop! Don't do a hair. So why don't you grab some siblings? Craps? Um, siblings. That sounds horrible. Cog, Don't don't grab siblings. That's not a good idea. Use Anita like you're afraid. Create interaction with Oh, my God. Could be a long day. Isaac. Thank you for being a professional lovin Digging it dressed a little bit a little bit more . You were both massively tall compared to me about like a dwarf in that frame. Look at you. It's the road height. Or I'm down a curb or something won't wait. Yes. Pool. Yeah. So why don't you grab your camera, Go out fighting? No. Can't find siblings.