I had this sweet little bunch into the studio just a few weeks ago. How cute are those little boys??? I know they will love seeing these images up on their walls, and you know what they say, a child who regularly sees pictures of himself feels more loved, valued and accepted. And well, it’s about time this family updated their family portraits!! When baby isn’t a baby anymore, it’s time folks!!! 🙂
Ideally I’d love to see my clients in once a year when the kids are small. . . so many changes when they’re little, it’s great to get everyone in front of the camera to see those changes!! Think about that for awhile.. . . what would you have to give up in your daily life to be able to make a yearly portrait possible? And I’m not talking about 20 pictures. Who needs 20 pictures? I’m talking about ONE PERFECT SHOT. When you think about all of the things you habitually purchase during the day/week/month that you could actually live without, you’d be surprised what that adds up to. Think of your kids and how much these pictures will mean to them when they really need them most. xoxo
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This family was such a hoot to work with. The kids were awesome and really made my job easy. The purpose of the session was a new family wall print and some sports themed portraits of the kids, one of whom was graduating. Having professional images done of your grad is a great way to remember them before their new world takes over. . . and it may be the last time you get any photographs done before they are married, so it really is a good idea! 🙂
Posed or not posed? This image was the first one I chose to share with the family after their session, because it quite perfectly shows the family dynamics. I do call it an outtake, but I also love it for that very reason. But read on. . .
This family is as real as it gets. They are doing their own thing, half of them not really paying attention to the photographer, however, they are still posed. In my studio, I pose people. I ask them to sit a certain way, in a certain place, in order to make a perfectly (or near perfect) composed portrait. And then I let them do what they naturally do while keeping that pose. This is part of my job as a portrait artist, to pose my subject. Portrait photography has been this way since the 19th century. People sat still and posed for long exposures. Posing is, in my opinion, and will always be, a necessity when composing a portrait, without it you have scattered or boring, snapshot images. Posing is necessary to achieve balance. Interest. Think triangles. Think about the last picture you saw with everyone in a straight line. Your eye goes from the left of the image, to the right, and keeps on going. There is nothing there to hold your interest. But WAIT! You say you don’t want a posed picture because it looks too fake? Do you want to look like you just rolled out of bed and your kid snapped your photo, or do you want to look your best, with your best features captured, sitting/standing at the right angle, hopefully photographed at the right angle to hide that double chin, etc. . . an experienced photographer WILL work with you to help make that portrait beautiful, because you’re worth it.