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Planning Our Own Portraits

October 13, 2011 at 4:43 am

It’s that time of year when most people think about getting their family portraits done. Why should I be any different? But this year IS different for us, because for the first time, we’ll be having someone else take our pictures. Usually I set up the tripod and we play the set-and-dash game with the timer! It’s definitely worked and I’ve had no complaints. Our kids even have come to love the “dash” part of the game to beat the timer! We always have fun getting the pictures and we always have a great image to put up on the wall or send in Christmas cards. But this year, I’ve asked my brother-in-law, Matt, to take our pictures. He’s an artist in so many ways- he is the Visual Effects Supervisor at BluFire Studios, he has an awesome Instrumental album called The Ocean Meets the Sky, and he’s a wonderful photographer. So, for the first time we’ll get the advantage of having more angles and viewpoints for our family pictures, instead of being limited to the lack of angles on the tripod. I also thought that there would be less stress since I wasn’t the one leading the shoot. I was wrong! Previously, I’ve gone as simple as possible since I’d be playing 2 roles during the shoot. We’ve all worn the same colors on top and bottom. This time I figured we’d go all out and not be so matchy-matchy but still coordinate! I also wanted to match my living room. Now that our kids are getting a bit older and in school, I’m finally able to put some effort into decorating, real decorating! The colors I chose for our living room were turquoise (aqua), red, white and tan. So why not bring the room together with the same colors in our family photo?

The hard part was trying to pull these outfits together without running out and buying new clothes just for the shoot. So I rummaged through our closet and drawers and found everything that we had in the colors that I wanted and then pieced the outfits together! The important part is to try on the outfits to see if they work in real life like they do in your head! Which is what I decided to do today (the day before the shoot). Good thing too. I had chosen to do a layered look, but being kinda pudgy around the middle, the layers did nothing to flatter! So I switched up the outfit and chose something that would! Getting the kids’ outfits was more difficult because they are so picky. Gone are the days where I buy them clothes simply because they fit or I think they’re cute. I’m learning my opinion of a cute outfit is completely different than my daughter’s. But for this photo shoot I pulled out the bribery cards and she agreed to wear what I’ve asked her to wear. After all, she’s worn the outfit before, but because I’ve asked her to wear it, she doesn’t want to. We’re going with a base of the neutrals, Whites, Tans, Grays and then adding in accents of the brighter colors of Turquoise and Red. I also borrowed some jewelry from my good friend who is a brilliant clothing designer and owner of Whimsey Lane Apparel.

The other thing that needed to happen were haircuts. My son’s hair is an untamable beast when it’s longer, so that was high on the priority list! Alas, the boy got a cut so, naturally, the girl wanted a cut too. “Just a trim!” she yells as the scissors came close to her tresses! This is a girl who knows what she wants! My son’s came out shorter than I wanted but, he’s happy, and at this point that is very important!

At dinner time, we had a little family meeting and discussed how the shoot was going to go and the expectations. I realized that some of my expectations were a little high, so I’m lowering them. The kids now understand what is expected of them and the reward they’ll receive if all goes well regarding attitudes and sass! But they also understand that I want this to be fun for all of us and that I want these pictures to capture the joy and love we have as a family. So, as of today, which is the day before the shoot, I’m feeling pretty good now that the location is secured, outfits are laid out and hairstyles are neat and orderly! Tomorrow will bring a whole set of challenges regarding the shoot I’m sure. The least of which, I hope, will be the weather!

All of this is a good lesson for me! This experience will help me to be a better photographer!


Young Love

October 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm

More from the shoot down in New Mexico!

Mr K Senior Portraits

September 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm

And here’s the lucky guy who holds my niece’s heart! It’s a good thing he takes good care of her! ;o) hee-hee! Congrats K on all your accomplishments! Keep reaching for the stars!

Miss C Senior Portraits

September 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Another one of my beautiful nieces. She’ll be graduating this year! Wow! When did she grow up?

Teen Spirit Week

September 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I was able to convince my nieces to spend some time with their click-happy auntie! It turned out they were more than obliging and they also brought some friends!

Miss A Sneak Peek

September 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Here is one of my gorgeous nieces!

Miss S Sneak Peek

September 22, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Here’s the first Miss S’s Senior Pictures for Class of 2011. She never got them last year so I was very excited that I could take them this year! Better late than never!

Whimsey Lane Apparel

September 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm

When Julia Smith came to me with her vision about her website photos, I knew this was going to be big! You can see more from this shoot at Whimsey Lane Apparel’s Facebook page. It was very exciting working on this with great models and a amazingly creative designer!













September 6, 2011 at 11:48 pm

So, I suppose I’m an official blogger now! I guess I should start off with a little bit about me. I fell in love with photography when I was about 13. That’s when I got my first camera. It wasn’t anything big…but it was special, because I could capture what meant most to me through that camera. I could capture the moment, the memory, the joy, the beauty…I had the power to stop time! Or at least a piece of it. And that’s what I still love about photography today. I love taking a piece of time and making it last forever! I love providing that for others. I consider my clients more than just clients…they are my friends. Thanks for stopping by my blog and this is me….stopping time!