Family Portrait Of A Mother And Daughter

Family portrait of mother Lowrie with her daughter, Charlotte, sitting on a driftwood log in the grass atop a sand dune at the Richmond Beach Saltwater Park in Shoreline, Washington. Daughter sits nestled with mom, holding hands, both smiling. They’re wearing color-coordinated dark colored outfits for their photo. In the blurred background we can see the tall grass, a driftwood log, and blurred beach cobblestones.

Lowrie is a single mom, and Charlotte is an only child. It’s two against the world and the nature of their close bond really comes through.

This photograph was shot as part of a series of photos that we produced for our annual Beach Photo FUNdraiser event that we ran to benefit the Cascade K-8 Community School in Shoreline, WA. We scheduled a day-long series of back to back mini sessions on the beach, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the school. These sessions were popular enough that the mini session Beach Photo FUNdraiser became an annual, recurring event.

The weather was overcast, so we used augmented lighting with off-camera flash to light the scene. Shooting in indirect overcast light creates a soft, even light that flatters almost any subject, yielding fully-detailed shadows and highlights that have beautiful tones without glaring hotspots.

Location: Shoreline, WA

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