Martinez Family Portrait Session in Tucson, Arizona
Sometimes you have to re-imagine the conventional portrait to meet the needs of a unique and imaginative client. The Martinez family owns the Martinez Funeral Chapel in south Tucson and called upon me to present them with an original portrait that captured everyone in the family. Strapped for time and short on locations, we agreed to to photograph the family in their chapel on the night when everyone would be in town for the holidays, and before I would be leaving town on vacation. It’s not my first choice to shoot indoors when I do portraits. I love shooting outdoors on location and having the sun on my side as an integral light source, but I was happy to work at their chapel to make this photo session come to fruition.
The above photo resulted after I had taken more conventional, “safe” portraits of the family and wanted to end the session with a bang. I positioned all fourteen family members throughout the chapel and photographed them one by one with a single flash that was held overhead and moved for each following photo. The camera remained on a tripod while I snapped each photo and when I was finished I took all fourteen images and combined them in Photoshop to form one composite portrait. I didn’t know for certain how well the final result would turn out, so I wanted to make sure I had solid portraits of the entire family before we took a risk on this last portrait. I’m very happy with the end result and the image received rave reviews from the Martinez Family and their friends.