May 27, 2013
First step is to find the right photographer for your family. There are so many wonderful photographers out there, and while I hope you all like my work, I may not be perfect for everyone. If you poke around a bit on this blog you’ll see that my background is in documentary photography. I like to tell stories with my photographs and capture authentic beautiful moments. Which means staying away from the traditional sears or couch portrait. Instead I strive for the photo of everyone laughing, having a good time and just being themselves. That doesn’t mean I don’t like photos of everyone looking at the camera smiling- as long as we can get real smiles I love them! But my focus will always be on capturing beautiful moments. After all, if photo taking is a horrible process that leaves your kids upset, and you exhausted that’s what your going to remember when you look at those photos. So if you like my style and are interested in a session here are some tips for a perfect session (and you can also use these tips when your taking photos of your own family).
Your session should be relaxed and fun, but keep in mind that it is an investment, and an important one that perhaps you’ve been saving for. With a little bit of extra thought and planning, you can be assured you are more than satisfied (and perhaps a little amazed!) with the final results!
When planning your session, think about these 4 key “W” questions:
1. When (time of year),
2. Where (beach, city, park, meadow, home),
3. What time (time of day)
4. What to wear (casual, traditional, preppy, trendy, etc.)
Once you’ve thought through those items, you will want to consider your family’s personality, your style, and the decor of your home.
• What type of family are you (sporty, preppy, beachy, traditional, casual)?
• Which room(s) are you most likely to display your images (foyer, family room, hallway/staircase, living room, bedroom)?
• What is the style, decor and color of that area (warm, cool, formal, modern, beachy, cottage, traditional)?
Remember, it’s your session. You probably don’t have time (or energy) to repeat it at this exact stage in your life, so make sure that you stack the deck in your favor the first time! Your planning, preparation and communication will surely pay off and you will have personal art in your home that makes you smile every day, for years and years to come. Isn’t that what custom photography is all about? We think so. And when in doubt if you have any questions just ask. I am always happy to help.