Earlier this fall I had the opportunity to do a family photo shoot in Central Park. I’ve talked about family photography tips here on the blog before, and I’ve even written an article over at Digital Photography School about it. Between kids running around and parents wanting to get the perfect shot for their holiday card, there’s no doubt that family photography is stressful. But, like anything, the more you do it, the easier it gets.
I recently picked up an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, so for this session I was able to use my original OM-D E-M5 and the new Mark II, paired with the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 on one and the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 on the other. I also picked up a Black Rapid Yeti Dual Camera Sling Strap. I was hesitant to buy a specialty strap like this, thinking that I could handle two bodies just using traditional straps, but it was an excellent decision. The strap is super comfortable and allowed be to move quickly and seamlessly between the two camera bodies.
Related: Olympus 25mm f/1.8 Review
Related: Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Review
For this shoot it was imperative that I gave a lot of thought to the amount of gear that I was carrying with me, since I wasn’t driving, but rather taking a bus down to New York City. I knew that I would need to carry whatever gear I had with me on my back, as well as carry whatever backpack I was using during the entire shoot. Luckily I was reviewing the Lowepro Slingshot Edge 150 at the time, which proved to be the perfect backpack for this circumstance. I could easily fit two Olympus OM-D bodies and the two primes, the Black Rapid strap as well as extra batteries and cards, with plenty of room to spare. Since the Slingshot Edge is a small bag designed for mirrorless cameras, I was able to wear it throughout the shoot with no problem of it getting in the way.
Related: Lowepro Slingshot Edge 150 Review
In the past I may have brought a number of lenses with me for a shoot like this, always worried about not having the right one on the camera at the right time. This time I made my choices very easy by just sticking with 2 primes. In general, I find that the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 is plenty wide enough to capture people and some of the surrounding scene (and if it’s not, just take a few steps back) and the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 is the best for portraits or just a tighter crop with a shallower depth of field. Since I made the decision that “these are the two lenses I’m shooting with”, the entire session was low stress and had less second guessing myself than in the past. Here are some of my favorites from the shoot.
Have you done family photo sessions with mirrorless or micro four thirds cameras? Do you have “go to” or favorite lenses for jobs like these? Let me know in the comments!
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