These were the photos this gorgeous family chose for display.
You can get quite tricky with your lighting but often the simplest lighting set-up is the most effective. These two daylight studios are easily setup at home. In this family photo the light is from the front, great when you have a few people in shot because no-one gets shaded out or darkened by light 'fall-off'. The black backdrop makes the subjects pop out and concentrates your view. The further away your backdrop is from the subject the darker it is, and if it was lighter in colour, the less likely that shadows will fall on it.
In these single portraits the window light is on the kids right, slightly forward of their position so the light accentuates the the shape of the face. I love this chiaroscuro style of lighting.
Mother of two