Like any parent, you’ve been capturing your kids’ biggest moments since the day they were born. A professional family portrait session will help you not only capture your beautiful family, but will bring their special personality, unique attributes and fun, playful personas to life.
Whether you’re a new family of three, recently added a new member or are simply savoring this amazing time in your children’s lives, any time is a perfect one for a portrait session. As the expression goes, “the days are long, but the years short”—time goes by so quickly and it’s essential that parents capture these beautiful moments before they’re gone. Many families even opt for multiple photo shoots in a year!
Sessions take place on location, in a special spot where your family can be comfortable and have fun—think a favorite park, field, backyard, beach or anywhere you just love. Add in some favorite clothes, a special prop or two, and maybe even the family pet, and you’ve got a great session—and amazing pictures—you’ll love forever.
With the recent explosion of the digital camera market, and even smart phones that take amazing photos, why should you go with a pro?
A smart camera does not make a smart photographer. Just because your friend, co-worker, or relative may have a high-speed, high-quality digital camera, does not mean he/she is an amazing photographer. While good “over-the-counter” equipment does help the average consumer up their photography game, a professional photographer brings an artistic vision, approach and creative eye that can’t be bought at the electronics store!
Pre-consultation: This is definitely one of the most fun parts of the process. Check out Pinterest for inspiration on location, poses, props and general styling. Start thinking about your style and what you’re looking for in your session.
The consultation: Ask questions, Look through our portfolio and figure out what approach you’d like to see in your session and final prints. If you’ve found great inspiration, bring print outs or websites along!
We’ll discuss how you intend to use the images— announcements, invites, holiday cards, artwork, framing, etc—and help you refine the message you’re looking to convey within your session. After we determine a location we’ll confirm a date, time and, based on that information, help you finalize apparel, props and poses.
The shoot: The day is finally here!
Have fun and relax and you’ll naturally take better photos!
Post Processing: We’ll color correct your images, crop, check for highlights and shadows, and do a bit of retouching.
The View and Choose: We’ll schedule a time post-shoot for a view and choose session where we will view and order the images from your session. All decision makers should attend this session, as it is the only time to view and order your images.
Final delivery: Turnaround time for products is based on the specific product you order. Once your final prints/products are available they will be available for pick up in our studio. Or you may opt to have us deliver them to your doorstep if that is more convenient for you.
Choosing a great location is one of the most important pieces of setting your photo shoot. The backdrop you select will set the stage for the entire session and will be an essential piece of every shot, pose and, ultimately, the finished product. We recommend picking a spot that’s special to you, either a spot you love, somewhere you frequent or a place that best represents your family.
After you’ve narrowed down the list, it’s important to think about some key logistics: are there restrooms? Is the distance from the parking to the actual shoot location far? If so, pack comfy shoes for everyone! Will there be places to change outfits, retouch hair and makeup and relax between shots? Will there be crowds nearby—and, if so, are you comfortable shooting in front of others?
We’ve seen amazing sessions everywhere from backyards to baseball fields, lakes to open meadows. We know the area and can help make recommendations based on your family’s unique needs, personalities and inspirations.
TIPS FOR CHOOSING AN OUTFIT
Be Yourself – Start with your own personal style. Think about the clothing styles you currently have and the stores where you normally shop. Wearing clothes that look good on you will ensure meaningful photographs that are true reflections of who you are as individuals.
Location, Location, Location. Consider the setting of where your shoot will take place. Will it be at the beach, the park, your home, or somewhere else? Imagine your setting and the types of colors that will be there. Since the setting will end up being the background of your photos, it has a big impact on your overall look. For example, if you plan to have the shoot at a garden, wearing floral outfits might not be the best idea because you would blend in and get lost in the busy background. Ideally, you want to match the background, but not match so much that you become the background.
Colors - A good rule of thumb is to pick out two colors that would go well with the location. Typically, earth tones go well with natural scenes. Bolder colors would go better with a more modern location like the city.
Solids & Prints - Our eyes are naturally drawn to patterns, so to keep the focus on you instead of your cloths solids work the best. While we want the family to coordinate we don’t want to necessarily match. Each person’s outfit should start with their personality. If you don’t like wearing dresses/tie you won’t be comfortable in a dress/tie and it will show in your final images.
Layering - Depending on the season, consider layering your outfits with accessories such as bowties, headbands, rain boots, scarves, jackets, and hats. Accessories add variety to your shots and can also double as fun props!
Displaying your images
To Frame or Not to Frame...
Amazing photos deserve an equally amazing display—but that doesn’t have to mean a traditional frame. We have access to many creative vendors who offer wide varieties of traditional and non-traditional framing and display options. Whether it’s a traditional frame with hand-cut matting, shadow box or float frames, we can expertly guide you to the right fit for your images. Looking for something truly sleek, chic and modern? Try going frameless! Canvas gallery wraps, image blocks, standout mounts and other creative prints still showcase your photos beautifully, but offer a modish spin that goes perfectly with more contemporary décor.
No matter which method you choose, get creative! Filling your walls with a lifetime of memories is one of the most special, most visual ways to tell the story of your family—so get hanging!