Outdoor portraits. I have taken hundreds of outdoor portraits in the past 37 years. They have been engagement portraits, high school senior portraits, wedding portraits and of course, family portraits.
Their are a number of goals I have when taking family portraits in the park setting, Nice lighting, in this case an overcast day with just a bit of electronic flash added to soften any bit of shadow under the eyes and to add a little sparkle to their faces. In the big park that I uses I have lots of choices of which particular background the I use. For this portrait I chose one that had boulder, trees and a walk bridge to give the portrait what I think is a very interesting, even compelling background.
This casual pose was actually very carefully posed so that it would look like it just kind of happened. By doing so everyone looks great and it keeps that casual, loving family feel.