Last Sunday, I got to venture out to Daejeon’s National Cemetery for a ridiculously fun family session with the Min family. You’re probably thinking: “Who in their right mind would take a family to a cemetery?” Well, when your city has an impressively large plot of land devoted to trees, beautiful landscapes, a pond, mountains, grass and oh yea, a cemetery – a photography session is due! Additionally, Koreans use this location as a popular picnic destination as witnessed by kindergartners running around during the week and loving couples trying to keep their hands off each other, while nuzzling in the grass on the weekend. The tombs, devoted to fallen soldiers, are perfectly placed in rows and columns and look kinda picturesque with flowers, decorating each and every one. So needless to say its not a morbid, “hell-to-the-no-type-of-place”, Daejeon’s National Cemetery is probably the most overlooked attraction of the city. It’s peaceful, calming, serene and very, very suitable for a wonderful family photo session. Take a look for yourself!
To loosen up nerves or jitters, I typically start off my family sessions with everyone walking hand in hand. Sometimes the kids break off and start running around, releasing some energy or built up excitement. I tell them to race, reach a certain spot and then race back to me. Smiling is not mandatory, but that’s the difference between childhood and adulthood = running USED to be fun.
After the kiddos were nice and sweaty, we arranged everyone in a nice family formation, according triangle rules. Triangle rule in portrait photography indicates that the heads of the people should be higher and lower than others, so that if you connected them with strings – would create triangular shapes. Easy enough? Try dealing with an energetic 5 year old…
During the session, I always plan on photographing parents separately with the kids, to create some options as well as more memories down the line. This also gives a chance for others to take a small break.
Don’t forget about the chemistry between the siblings as they play around.
We took a short snack break in the pagoda near the pond, which helped lead the session to this location for these pre-planned shots. I visited this spot last week and knew all along that it’d be perfect for a wonderful autumn vista shot. I hope they blow it up large and hang it in Times Square.
If I could do something different about this shot, I would have popped a portable flash behind them, so as to make them standout a bit more from the landscape.
As we were nearing our session, the kids were getting a bit antsy and I could sense my time limit ticking loudly. As we stepped to the nearby location, I snapped some shots of the parents alone. Parents always feel so awkward together once you take the kids out of the equation. It’s like they suddenly forget that there used to be a time when it was just the two of them against the world. A few posing tips later, they were ready to go.
Lastly, posing the kiddos together, we had an unforeseen meltdown. Strangely, I found the little guy so cute as he was crying his eyes out and sniffling loudly. I couldn’t help myself and kept on snapping. Later, the brother and sister quite rapidly made up and went on smiling, helping create the following collage. Just how cute are these two!
Thank you to the Min family for their time and smiles. I’m really thrilled to have spent this time on this beautiful days with you!
Are you or someone you know might be interested in ridiculously smiley pictures of you or your family. Let me be your go to gal, contact to book your session!
Have you been to this awesome location? What are your thoughts? is it underrated?
Sharing is caring! Pinning is winning! Thanks