This, a couple of samples from a family shoot I just did, is why you probably want to hire a photographer for a family shoot rather than using an iPhone to just snap away:
Those are pretty much straight from the camera. So what does that take? Well, experience, insight, plus:
- A large battery-powered flash fired into an umbrella.
- A couple of pocketwizard radio triggers.
- Set your shutter to 1/250 sec, ISO to 100.
- Start at f/8 and be ready to change the aperture to set the background 1-2 stops below nominal (f/11 in this case).
- Turn the subjects away from the sun.
- Position them right.
- Shoot at just the right moment.
Simple once you know. And if you don’t know, I have two pieces of advice: One, learn (I teach, and I write books!) and two, start by hiring a pro.