Before & After #2.
This is definitely one of my all-time favorite family photos I've taken. I exposed this shot for the highlights (the sky), knowing that the superduper sensor on my Sony mirrorless camera can dial up the shadows with minimal penalty. All I did to the original file here was toy around with basic settings in Adobe Lightroom: White Balance, Highlights/Shadows, Hue-Saturation-Luminance, and Tone Curves. That's it...I just moved the sliders around until the photo appeared to taste. Boom!
Younger kids generally abhor posing for family photos, so I just let them run freely around the parents. :)
Camera settings: Sony A9, Sony/Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA lens @1.8, 1/6400 second, ISO 100.