We just recently booked a couple of family portrait sessions that we’ll be photographing over the holidays this year, while our clients have family in town. This got me thinking about some of my favorite memories of family and the holidays. Growing up, one of my favorite holiday traditions was “Thanksgiving at aunt Joanne’s”. Lots of fun stories and memories of hunting, the best home cooked country food ever, and a bunch of crazy fun relatives cutting up down in the country. Even then I always tried to wrangle everyone together for a rough group photo out on the front porch before everyone left. Check out “aunt Joanne’s” crowd below, circa 1995.
I also realize lots of people may not think of Thanksgiving or Christmas in terms of a great time to have a family portrait created, but for many families, it’s the only time of year when the extended family is all together at one time and place. We have been fortunate over the years to have the opportunity to photograph for lots of families over the holidays and capture beautiful family portraits that mom and dad get enjoy on their wall all year long! Sometimes the older children may be the ones contacting us and they want to surprise the parents with a nice wall portrait of the whole family, or sometimes it’s the parents calling. Either way, our holiday family portraits are usually some of the most fun and memorable sessions we photograph for families.
Even if you don’t have us create a nice family portrait for your family this year, at least be that annoying person (like I was) that makes everyone pose for the group snap shot. Those images will only grow more valuable over time as you lose family members and your kids get older…
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One of the most enjoyable things I get to do as a professional photographer, is deliver the final portrait products to our clients. We love delivering our signature wall portraits to our clients in their homes and even hanging for them if they choose. Today we delivered a 40″ custom sized canvas print to the Stallings family and did a fun reveal with the entire family present. Everyone loved it!
For custom wall portraits, the clients home is usually where it all starts with a personal design consulation, so it’s great to wrap up the experience with a personal delivery and get to see the final portrait in place, with the client. I’m convinced this is the best way to not only meet but exceed the clients expectation. We help them plan every detail of the portrait from the clothing tones, location setting and even the right portrait products that will fit with their style and decor. This way, when we photograph we already know where the portrait will be going, how it needs to be oriented, the look we’re going for and so on. When you start builing a house, you should already know what the end result will be. The process is the same for creating a great custom family portrait, and that’s what we love doing for our clients!
If you have family coming in to town or are just having a family get together over the holidays, why not have family portraits created while everyone is together. We can come to your get together and photograph multiple groupings, individuals, and even a large group portrait of everyone together. We’ll even wake uncle Bob up for the portrait. There’s really no better time to have high quality professional portraits created than when everyone is together for Thanksgiving or Christmas and we have lots of great options for prints & portraits. Call us to plan your Home for the Holidays portraits. (919) 850-0492. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are some portraits we created last year for this lovely family while everyone was dressed up to go see a play over Christmas.
We often get asked, what is the best age / time to photograph children after the baby’s first year? There are several age milestones in children’s lives that are important and portrait worthy. One of the most important milestones is the four year old mark. At this point your child will still have all their baby teeth and these portraits make for some really sweet children’s portraits, preserving that last stage of early childhood.
We recently photographed four year portraits for some clients at a favorite outdoor portrait location and the images turned out really gorgeous. Being able to capture the true personality and spirit of our subjects is what makes this so fun!
A few images from a recent session with the Marsh family. They were looking for something a little more on the formal side, but still outdoors, so we put the right setting together with the right clothing and posing and voila, gorgeous outdoor formal portraits!
I love the colors they put together after the consultation. We generally help clients with some suggestions on general guidelines on tones and colors that work with the setting the clients will be photographed in, and work together within the group. Just one of the many pieces of the puzzle that had to come together to create a final piece that will be enjoyed for years to come in the Marsh home!
Lovely couples portrait of two of our favorite repeat clients (and good friends), the Littletons. We photographed this portrait back before Christmas for them to use for gift prints and Christmas cards to family and friends. We designed a classic elegant, yet relaxed pose to work with the attire and studio setting and it all came together nicely in the finished image, after a little custom editing and retouching to polish everything up.