When you get extended family members together you're most likely going to encounter differing opinions.
In the case of a recent family photo shoot I did, the issue was whether or not to Photoshop. I enjoy natural photography. I love capturing family members with their true personalities shining through. But is it ok to use Photoshop (or some other editing software) to alter a photo so that you get everyone smiling at once, or everyone with their eyes open?
I find that there are a few key things to think about:
- Are there children involved?
- Is any level of photoshopping ok with your group?
Does your group look at photography as a more artistic expression? Is it ok to take a gloomy photo and brighten it up? Is it ok to make make the colors pop and play with the saturation?
Ok, I could on and on about this one. :)
- What is the purpose of the shoot? Is this a keepsake, a gift, a yearly tradition?
In the instance of a yearly family tradition I think it is completely appropriate to use the photo that has your child making his favorite silly face or the Uncle giving bunny ears. When you look back on every year you've taken this photo it is fun to see the stage each person was in at that time.
Here is an example of a family photo shoot I did last weekend:
Now, the above photo is more fun, and the bottom photo is more formal. See the difference?
What do you think? Was this the choice you would have made? What is your opinion on photoshopping?