Your Portrait Photography Session

September 18, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

2014NamFall-161Fantastic Family Photos  Together we will get stunning photos during your portrait session
 Portrait sessions are about making connections.  Family portraits offer the opportunity to bring everyone together.  Engagement sessions are a special time for a couple.  Senior portraits are about connecting with the present and the future.  Through all my portrait sessions it is the connection that I have with you that brings out the best images.  There is an energy that sparks new ideas and fresh photos every time.  Working with lighting and setting, the session will be a fun filled adventure, taking photos and enjoying the time we have together.


Fun family imagesKids will do magical things that we couldn't possibly pose, but makes for great images. Getting to know you
To capture  the best moments it is important to know something about you and your motivation for a portrait session.  We will have an initial consultation, but it is more than just the logistics of date, time, location.  During that first talk, or while we are warming up on location, we will talk about what is important to you.  Sometimes it is a reunion of distant relatives. For many it is the chance to capture a special event, or the beauty and innocence of children.  These photographs will live on, and there will be personality, not just a picture. This is where I want to take you.                        


What to wear
Be comfortable.  Consider the weather and wear the right clothing for comfort- warmer sweaters and layers for the cold of winter and fall, lighter clothing for spring or summer.  Bring a light jacket or throw during the in-between seasons when the temperature might be unpredictable.  I recommend that men avoid shorts even in the summertime unless going for an extreme casual look.  In general earth tones work year-round, brighter colors for spring and summer and darker colors for fall and winter.  Select clothing that you like to boost your confidence when in front of the camera.  

Props are fun! Things to bring
A few items to prepare for the image or occupy children during downtime or as part of the images:

  • Hair accessories or ties
  • Makeup
  • Hair brush/comb
  • wipes, especially for kid's faces
  • favorite snacks or drinks for children
  • favorite toys or books
  • blanket for sitting on the grass
  • Props are a great way to personalize the image and give focus to the session.  A traditional toy or ball will give a timeless look to any photograph, and helps give the children something to focus their attention on.   Musical instruments or sports equipment lend a nice touch to the photos, and holiday themed props are also a fine addition.

Having fun getting some great images. Fantastic images
We are going to take the formal out of portraits. You want photos to show you relaxed and having fun, and that is the farthest from "formal" that you can get. Working too hard for that perfect pose can sometimes cause great stress and anxiety.   We starts simply with getting everyone in the same place.  When working with children I sometimes start with the parents as I prepare the angles and check lighting.  Then we can build the family around them once we have found our comfort zone. When everyone has gathered round we will get the group shots, then let the adults move out of the shot and do a few portraits of the kids. 

We can try different spots at our location for a variety of backgrounds. Moving around also gives us an Candid moments opportunity to get some candid walking and playful photos.  In the end, we will have a good variety of posed and natural photographs that capture the moments. 

Let's go get some fantastic photographs!  To book your next portrait session contact me:




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