Sometimes I have the privilege of shooting people I know well. This weekend I had a family session with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law and my adorable new niece Violet. We had a simple Mini Session in a local Long Beach park.
I love shooting in this park because of the gorgeous light it gives before sunset, and because it illustrates how little the background matters for great photos. In fact, having a simple background, blown out by shallow depth of field (f/1.2 in many of these photos) allows the focus to be where I want it: on my client. Undistracted by what's behind, I get to let their expressions, interactions, and features take center stage.