While your camera phone is convenient, it is not a good substitute for heirloom quality photos that are framed in your home. A good photo on the wall shows a child that they are important and loved. If you are hesitant to have your photos taken because you are too tired, feel old, or just don’t have time, change your mind. Time is a thief! Don’t put it off! Do it regularly! You and your kids will look back at these memories so fondly; I guarantee it. Your family portrait is worth the time and investment.
Your family portraits should be a reflection of what you are like together. During our initial consultation, we will discuss your family dynamic and personal preferences. You will be given pricing options along with possible shoot dates. From there we will discuss location, wardrobe selection, and how “posed” you want to be.
Once the session is completed, I will email you a gallery of slightly edited images for you to choose from. I will ask you to pick your favorites for me to edit in full. A gallery link will be emailed and you will have the rights to download and print the files. Your images come with a print release.
FAMILY PORTRAIT FAQ
What do we wear?
Check out my Wardrobe Style Guide for Photo Shoots
What locations do you recommend?
Check out my list of Favorite Photography Locations in Rhode Island.
How much time should I book?
Each family is different and only you can truly gauge how long it will take for your family to get comfortable and take the best shots. If you know that your kids need time to “warm up”, book a longer session and communicate with me tactics I could use to make your family more comfortable. I don’t want to waste your time struggling to find a cue that will prompt a positive response. It is really helpful when a parent gives me hints about what makes their family happy. Sometimes all it takes is the mention of a favorite activity like Minecraft or a raspberry sound (trust me, it works) to get a real smile. In short, your input will help me serve you better.
How do I get my kids excited to participate?
Tell your children ahead of time that you are planning to have family photos taken. Your children might moan and groan about the thought of having to dress up and smile. It is so important that you not make a big fuss over it. No stress! My best advice is to feed your family a great meal before dressing up for the shoot. I also suggest bringing treats to reward good behavior (hot tip: avoid messy treats that melt or have colorful dyes).
Should I have my hair and makeup done professionally?
It is entirely up to you! I think you should look like yourself in your family photos, yet it doesn’t hurt to pump it up a little! You should definitely make an effort to look your best. Your choice is to glam up using your own skills, hire a stylist, or hire me. Photography clients receive a 30% discount on hair and makeup services with me. Click to view my hair and makeup portfolio.