This is one of my favorite family photos (shot in 2016), and I didn't even take it...
We had set up in a little area on the always-shady north side of the house for some photos of everyone who came to Patrick's first communion. I was playing with the concept that by sticking us in the shade, even with a bright background I can use the relative darkness of the shade to create some more flattering shadows on our faces with the light I would add.
At the time, I apparently wasn't going for light that made sense with the scene, just light that (I thought) looked cool. So there is a big, soft light on us, coming from high camera right and a warm, glowy kind of light hitting the backs of our heads to provide a little color-separation from the bright-but-not-overly-warm background.
I have to thank Auntie Maria for wielding the camera when it was my turn to be on the other side of it. With all the settings dialed-in on full manual, she could just concentrate on capturing a nice moment. Great shot!
Photo credit: Maria Cotoia
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