I have received quite a few compliments on the posing. My daughter, Amber, did all the posing and I think she had a great idea. She's very good at it, and I stink!! OK, it was taken in the woods while we were all camping, but forethought went into their clothing choices and the shooting location. So, I guess it could be a formal portrait. My sister and her family wanted a family portrait taken while we were at the lake. They needed it done on a certain day while everyone was there. The light was so harsh that evening. I went on a bicycle ride to try to find a spot in the shade. I found a spot, but when we got there it was just too dark of a shade to get a decent shutter speed with my D200 and no studio lights. We found this spot and waited until some clouds moved in front of the sun. (Luckily a few clouds started building in the west). I don't like the blown sky, but my relatives love the photo. We used a gold reflector and fill flash. I really don't know how to do this kind of outdoor photography. It was the best I could do. Maybe the flowers and sagebrush in front of the family detract from the photo--I don't know. From those of you more experienced, I would like to know how you would tackle a situation such as this. Edit 1 Using Gretchen's suggestions View attachment 238484 Edit 2 Using Lew's suggestions View attachment 238485 I just got a wonderful edit from Uncle Frank. I don't have time to work on it right now, but will try to get to it later. I hope he posts his version to the thread, as well as Gretchen. I don't mind if people work on my photos. It helps me learn and hopefully will help someone else learn too. This is the reason I love the cafe so much.