Why take family portraits over a fence anyway?
I cannot claim this as my idea. My wife, Mandy, saw that I hadn’t taken any photographs for 3 weeks due to the corona virus lockdown and knowing that it is a big part of me she suggested I take some family portraits of our friends/neighbours. My immediate thought was to just climb over the fence and take them as per usual but then I had the insight to rather stick to the lockdown restrictions and take the photographs from over the fence. I went to the fence to see what would be possible and it struck me that it might be a whole lot harder than I initially thought. On the plus side all I had to take was one camera, and my 70-200mm lens and leave the rest of the equipment behind. Great.
What do you look for when photographing portraits over a fence?
When scouting the area I immediately saw the big tree and pictured the family sitting on the branch. Both close up and far off pics would work for this. I also looked for colourful flowers that I could either use as the background or shoot through as seen in the pics below with the yellow foreground. Most importantly I just looked for any place where there was a gap in the fence that I could stand at and shoot across.
Thank you to our neighbours and thank you to lockdown for giving me a challenge.
To view some more family portraits but this time taken at the beach click here