Family portraits are the most important, yet the least likely to be scheduled. Why?
Unlike a wedding, or a new baby, there’s no particular compelling time in which it has to be scheduled. So it’s easy to put off until later…but more often than not, later never comes, or it comes too late! I can’t tell you how many people have expressed their regret for not getting around to it only to have something happen that makes it impossible to ever capture the family as it existed. Don’t let the “I wish I had” regrets, the “I never got around to it” happen to you.
Another reason to get that family portrait done is separation. Our families have grown and in today’s world are moving away. They are no longer a few miles from home. So getting together, doesn’t happen as often. Who knows when the next opportunity will be to capture everyone together. We can provide a constant presence of your family even if separated by miles. You have to decide that the time is now. But for the rest of your life you will be glad you did.
Beautiful portraits can be made in your home or outdoors or in our studio. The goal is to capture a moment in time where your family is enjoying being together and each face has a positive energetic expression. My experience as a portrait photographer for over 30 years will make the session a pleasant experience. We love pets, so don’t forget to include them.
What You Can Do to Ensure a Great Portrait
What makes a great portrait?
Although the subject of the portrait is the most important component, the way the subject is lit, placed in the frame and composed are major factors that go into making a portrait great. Clothing and expression can be added to those components. The roll of the photographer is to arrange the subjects in a pleasing and interesting way so the image has a quality that will elicite a timeless emotional response. The roll of the subject is to dress in clothes that complement the background that has been mutually chosen between the subject and the photographer.
There are three types of photographs. Low key, High key and Mid key. High key is generally a lighter background where the subject is the darkest object in the image. Low key is the opposite of high key and is where the subject is the lightest object in the image. Mid key is where the background and the subjects are close to the same intensity of brightness. The clothes can make or break a great portrait. In a high key portrait, clothes close to the face should be lighter than the skin. In low key portraits all the clothes in the photograph should be darker than the face.
In mid key portraits the clothes should be close in brightness compared to the face. Consideration should be given to how much of the body is included in the portrait. If the face is the most important, then a head and shoulder portrait is appropriate. When larger groups are photographed, it is sometimes not possible to get close and a full body is a must. When possible however, the closer the portrait the better. Clothing to avoid… Bright or patterned clothes– Text or graphic on clothing– Sleeveless tops.
The subject is the most important element in the photograph and the clothing you chose should take a back seat to the subject unless the clothing is an integral part of the portrait. Examples would be a cowboy or performer or athlete. In most cases, however, clothing should not distract from the subjects face. Background colours can very from black to white with all shades in between. The basic rule is to allow the subject to be the first thing the viewer sees in the portrait.
On a white or lighter backgrounds, clothing lighter than the subjects face, generally work well. On a black or darker backgrounds, clothes darker than the face are best. Contrasty patterns, text, logos or other eye catching designs tend to distract the viewer from the face of the subject. These types of clothes should be avoided. Details on printing All portraits over the size of 11×14 are laminated to protect them from fading and airbourne contaminants.When laminated, the images do not require glass and can be viewed without glare. A damp cloth for dusting and cleaning will not harm the surface of a laminated print.