What better way to usher in a New Year than with a new family portrait? These annual get-togethers are a time capsule in visual form that chronicles the lives of your family members. Each year shows how the children have grown and changed. You do not have to pull out old photographs, videos or film. Every visitor to your home can see the progression for themselves, and if you keep a smaller copy on your desk at work, you can see it as often as you like.
To maximize the time you have allotted for your new family portrait, here are five tips that will help you get the most for your time and money.
- Schedule a time when you know there is no competition. This means there cannot be a football game at Noon and your appointment is at 4:00 pm. Your young player may look too tired in the photo.
- Plan the color scheme of the clothing everyone is going to wear. This doesn’t mean everyone has to dress like the church choir. However, you may choose for everyone to wear shades of blue. Planning makes the difference.
- Have everyone’s clothes laid out and pressed ahead of time. This way no one is running around saying they can’t find this or that and one or more people in the portrait appear frantic.
- Meet with your photographer ahead of time and go over any idiosyncrasies with the professional. Tell him your husband is balding on top and he is very embarrassed. Or perhaps your mother-in-law will be in the group shot and has had a stroke. She may need a chair and may also need to be shot from a certain angle so her smile appears even. A professional portrait photographer will be able to frame each person to play up the positives and play down the negatives.
- If you are including the family dog in the shot, make sure he has been to the groomer, especially if he is long-haired like a Golden Retriever. Also, take him on a short walk before the process begins. Everyone will be much happier.
I feel so lucky to have this job that let’s me be among people like these.
Their families were also amazing. I think the most magical part, for me, was their first dance, under the street light, on the pearl street mall, while their wonderful friend Chris played a magical song. I wish you two the very best, and I don’t think I will ever forget this very cold, wonderful New Year’s eve.
I just loved working with these two. Their love for each other was so obvious, so true and so honest. I have never seen two people really look at each other like they did.
It inspired me in so many ways. We shot this in a park over by Red Rocks, CO on a beautiful sunny day. I wish you both a long and very happy life.
This Boudoir session was one of the funniest I have ever shot. We started at this totally gross hotel as it had the feel we wanted, however the stuff that was on the walls and the floors was a little interesting, to say the least, and I am being polite. We didn’t want to touch anything. Of course I made her lay on the bed. She went to the car wash afterwards for a deep clean. We found this cigarette burning on the top of the bed and used it for a prop. It was really nice that they left that for us. Then about 3/4 of the way through the shoot, two guys next door noticed her. Of course I had the windows open, amazing light, and they kept walking by, checking her out. They were making us nervous. But this young lady kept going despite them. That is until I closed the door and we heard the door handle move. That freaked us out and got us out of there in a hurry. But as you can see, we got what we came for and had an adventure along the way.
This wonderful Broomfield Colorado family wanted something out of the box and creative for their family portraits. I shot their wedding a few years back and to date it was one of my favorite weddings to shoot. I love being able to do something so completely different. And an added bonus as I was taking this first shot a bald eagle flew over my head. Totally cool.
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