Fun Family Portraits



BRENT PENNINGTON Sara & Tony Tompkins pose for portraits at Nay Ayg Park in Scranton on the afternoon of 02 March 2013.

As we start moving back into spring, it’s much easier to get out with the lights and start making some good portraits again. Also helps that the models aren’t freezing while we do it! So we’re back with a familiar face, Sara, who has been my go-to model when I have ideas and want to do a shoot. She’s fun, easy to work with, and has great personality in front of the camera.

She reached out to me this time, asking if we could do some portraits of her and her brother, Tony, to give to their mother for her birthday. Sounded like a great idea to me and the only question was “When can we do it?”

We met up at Nay Aug Park in Scranton last Saturday afternoon with a rough idea of what we wanted. The main goal of the day was to have fun. Sara put it best herself when she said that her family wasn’t too serious, so fun, silly photos would be, well, expected.

Piece of cake. I’d much rather hear than than a client who says, “I want a super-serious headshot and I REFUSE to smile.”

BRENT PENNINGTON Sara & Tony Tompkins pose for portraits at Nay Ayg Park in Scranton on the afternoon of 02 March 2013.

BRENT PENNINGTON Sara & Tony Tompkins pose for portraits at Nay Ayg Park in Scranton on the afternoon of 02 March 2013.

We’d planned on shooting in the treehouse, but the gate was locked. We did consider jumping it, but ended up going down to the playground instead. Playgrounds are great for sessions like this because they are definitely not too serious. It’s easy to be silly and have fun when you’re playing on the slides and climbing into towers.

BRENT PENNINGTON Sara & Tony Tompkins pose for portraits at Nay Ayg Park in Scranton on the afternoon of 02 March 2013.

BRENT PENNINGTON Sara & Tony Tompkins pose for portraits at Nay Ayg Park in Scranton on the afternoon of 02 March 2013.

I even convinced Sara and Tony to reenact a scene from “Rapunzel.” Or maybe it was “Sleeping Beauty.” In any case, Sara became the damsel-in-distress in the tower and Tony struck a knightley pose, a stick for a sword, as if he was going to rescue her. It was pure silliness and made for a great photo!

BRENT PENNINGTON Sara & Tony Tompkins pose for portraits at Nay Ayg Park in Scranton on the afternoon of 02 March 2013.

BRENT PENNINGTON Sara & Tony Tompkins pose for portraits at Nay Ayg Park in Scranton on the afternoon of 02 March 2013.

We wrapped up with some more traditional shots down on the covered bridge over the river before finally giving in, admitting we were all cold, and heading back to the car.

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