Chapter 11. Lighting the Frame

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To love beauty is to see light.

—Victor Hugo

The concept of light has inspired many a heart, mind, and song—even the existence of day. It’s a powerful concept, a verb, a tool, and a school of thought. It also just happens to be the primary instrument photographers use when practicing our craft.

We all know that light is how photography works, but what specifically can we better know to enable us to photograph families in any location, no matter what the situation? A worthy goal for any photographer is to be able to create a strong portrait no matter the situation. If a jumble of family members—and the best of intentions—is ...

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