When it comes to family portraiture, our goal is to illustrate the relationships and bonds between the members of your family.
Rather than using a “get ‘em in, get ‘em out” mall studio type approach, we take the time to photograph your family in different poses and combinations. We have no limit to the number of poses you can try, and are more than willing to work with any and all of your ideas.
When most people decide to have their family portrait created, they envision a classic photograph in a beautiful frame displayed in their foyer or above their mantel. We bring this vision to the next level with various elegant backgrounds, soft studio lighting and a great selection of high quality frames to choose from. Then, after you choose your favorite portraits, we enhance each of your selected images complimentary, carefully smoothing out your complexion, removing coffee and soda stains from your teeth, and brightening your eyes. You will be amazed at how great you look in your finished portraits. Most studios charge a lot for this type of retouching. Some don’t even offer it.
The classic portrait you hang on your wall will not tell the whole story though. It is just one component of your session. Unlike most studios, we also photograph smaller combinations (Mom & Dad together, all the children together, Mom and daughter, etc.). We really let you have fun with this, and we have a lot of creative ideas that allow us to capture your family actually interacting with each other. Laughter, teasing, sibling rivalry; you’ll see the familiar expressions and emotions in these images. And when you look back at these photographs ten years from now, you will see not just what your family looked like, but what it was like.
Our goal is to create a timeless image that will bring back this moment in time for years and generations to come. Though your children may not understand the value of it now, we realize that you are not just having this portrait created for yourselves, but for them as well.
The final thing that sets us apart from other studios is that we customize each family’s session based on what they want. We can either do a phone consultation or set up a time for you to stop by the studio, depending on your schedule. Either way, the first step is to give us a call, talk to us a little, and tell us how you envision your family portrait. We’ll give you some suggestions, and if you like what you hear we can discuss your session in more detail. Talking to people about what they want out of their family portrait session is one of our favorite parts of our job, so don’t hesitate to call us at 763-383-0589 .
You are always welcome to email us with questions or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you!
Great portraits don’t just happen. They are carefully planned creations. Gregory will be fine-tuning the images he creates; setting the perfect mood, providing intricate lighting and finishing with a masterful post processing.
Here are a few suggestions to ensure you look great and you LOVE your portraits.
Choosing the right clothing is critical. In every good portrait, the viewer’s eyes are drawn to the faces of the subjects without distractions and this doesn’t happen by accident – there are certain guidelines which, when followed, will allow this to happen.
First of all, choose clothing that you like and in which you are comfortable. Simple and casual outfits that are kept to solid colors; denim, khakis, blacks, grays and earth tones always look good. Stripes and patterns can be very distracting in photos and pull the focus away from the true subject – you! Dark colors tend to slenderize, while light colors tend to add a little weight. For outdoor sessions, try to stay away from whites as they can be very distracting.
If you are having a hard time choosing your outfit, give us a call – we are always happy to help. Families should coordinate clothing. That does not necessarily mean all the outfits have to match perfectly, but they should all be in the same tonal range or color group.
Keep make-up simple and as you normally wear it. Minor blemishes, break-outs, scars? No worries! They will be removed with retouching for any prints and/or digital files chosen. Jewelry should also be kept simple and to a minimum.
Do not get your hair cut, permed, or colored too close to your session date. Hair needs a few days to settle in after a new cut. Also, it is probably best that you not try a radically different style just before your session 🙂 It is also a good idea to bring a brush for last minute touch ups.
Glasses that are worn most of the time can also be worn during your sessions, or you may remove them for the photos. Glass glare can be a problem. We will try to minimize this but sometimes cannot remove it completely. For best images, if at all possible, you might remove the lens from your glasses. Most opticians will do this or you might borrow empty frames to use. But don’t let this stress you. In most cases, only a slight angle to the glasses is needed to greatly reduce the glare.