As I proceeded with the shoot, I realized how much light dictates how I approach the shoot. Without the direct sunlight, I had to think quickly to make my pictures more interesting. And surprisingly, it felt freeing. Now, I was able to get the turquoise ocean and sandy rock wall in the background without worrying about my models squinting their eyes. I was looking around more coming up with different positions which I never thought of before. Never before because I was always following the light. The location was perfect for this gloomy afternoon, the sandy rock wall and light rocks on the beach reflected light to my models' faces.
Additionally, my family was older, so I didn't have to chase them around so much. The kids took my directions and this allowed me to take time and switch around aperture. I LOVE wide aperture. If I can take all the pictures at f/1.6, I would. Often when I work with younger kids, this is quite difficult. I took many groups shots in f/1.6 and f/3.5 and seeing pictures in these two apertures renewed my love for one point six even more. See for yourself.