Home For The Holidays Family Portraits

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.

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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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Celebrating a new pastor!

We recently had the privilege of meeting and photographing a new pastor and his wife. They came to our studio for a custom couple and pastoral portrait session. Their excitement and enthusiasm for their new journey was contagious. They will be celebrating his Installation as Senior Pastor with a church wide celebration. Congratulations to Pastor Brinkley and his wife as they begin serving at the Now Faith Community Baptist Church in Knightdale, NC!
This is one of the many reasons we love the photography business, getting to meet new people and celebrating the exciting events of their lives. Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your celebration!
Update: Since initially writing this, Mrs. Brinkley came by to pick up the 30″ custom framed wall portrait of her husband and when we showed her the portrait she started crying immediately. She was so proud of him and excited about his installation as the new pastor, and loved the portrait so much that she said she couldn’t help it. 🙂 We don’t intentionally try to make clients cry, but take it as a huge compliment when they show that much emotion when they see the finished portrait. Good stuff!
If you want to find out more about our portrait sessions, feel free to contact us here, or simply call us at 919 850-0492.
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Portrait Delivery for Client

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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!


Home For The Holidays Portraits

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 charlie@charlesdickensphotography.com.

Below are some portraits we created last year for this lovely family while everyone was dressed up to go see a play over Christmas.



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Children’s Portraits

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!

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Downtown Family Portrait Session

Some classic family portraits shot before a play in downtown Raleigh. Some of the family was in from out of town and everyone was all dressed up for the play, so why not incoroporate family portraits! Great session with Angela and her family and the final gift wall portrait for her mom was a major hit. A few pull backs showing the set up, thanks to Chris Lewis!

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A just-in-time couples portrait session

What fun shoot with Jennifer & Michael! They were married at pullen park, had their engagement portraits photographed here, and of course wanted to include their new addition in some portraits here as well. A friend of theirs wanted to surprise them with portraits, so he hired me to photograph their couples maternity session. With only a few weeks before the due date, we had to scramble to make it happen, but we managed to squeeze in the session, they had a great time at the shoot, loved the images and everyone lived happily ever after, so far 🙂 They really were a great couple to work with and we wish them the best with their new addition and expanded family. What fun times ahead!

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When is the right time for family beach portraits?

Anytime! If the beach is really part of who you are as a family. So here’s the back story: We were in a consultation with Pamela & David showing them different outdoor portrait examples when we came across a family beach portrait image in our portfolio. Pamela immediately got chills when she saw the family beach portrait because their family has had so many fun times at the beach as their kids were growing up. Well, that was the end of the discussion about where we would photograph. It was going to be a beach portrait, no questions asked. With their oldest of 3 kids is now in college, and the other two still in high school, they had decided it was time for a nice family portrait before the kids got much older. But it was the middle of the winter! Well, after some discussion the decision was made that we would do the beach portraits in January. Something I’ve never done, but we all decided it was worth the risk and we would give it a shot. So we did the shoot Jan 9th and were fortunate that we hit a day that was around 50 degrees & sunny. The wind was a little chilly, but not enough to keep us from creating some beautiful family portraits of them and the kids that they will be able to enjoy for years to come. The wall portrait is the panoramic immediately below of the family walking on the beach and it will go over the fireplace in the living room. Shot from ground level for a lower perspective, I think it will look great on the mantle. Love the sunset portraits we captured in that perfect short window where the sun is reflecting off the wet sand. Not lots of time to work with for those shots, but so gorgeous when done right. Great family and so much fun to work with!

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Formal Family Fotos

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!

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