I had a fun shoot on the weekend with a family who wanted a family portrait that was “different”. They wanted something other than the standard everyday group shot. They left what exactly “different” was up to me. Whenever I am taking portraits I try my best to include props or themes that mean something to the people being photographed. Over the course of a few days I pondered different ideas for the shoot but nothing really popped into my head. Then, as I was playing Bejeweled one day (Don’t ask me how my brain works. My wife gave up trying to figure it out years ago!), it hit me – The Beatles! I knew the youngest daughter loved the Beatles. I always liked Robert Freeman’s Meet the Beatles album cover so I pitched the family the idea of using the side lit theme for their portrait. It definitely qualified as different and the inspiration for the shoot meant something to them. They loved the idea. Here’s the final result plus two samples of the individual portraits that I layered in Photoshop. For the version which they are including in their Christmas card this year I tracked down a Beatles font and inluded their family name with a pin stripe graphic detail under the four images.